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State Testing Water After Northeast Ohio Chemical Spill

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Residents in northeast Ohio are waiting to hear from state environmental officials whether their water is safe to drink following a chemical spill at an injection well facility. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has been testing water in Vienna Township near Warren after residents last week reported dead animals near a local pond and a… Read More

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Ex-Freedom Officials Head Back To Court In West Virginia Spill Case

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Two former Freedom Industries executives who face federal charges in a massive chemical spill last year are returning to court. Ex-Freedom officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell are scheduled for a motions hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. The January 2014 Freedom Industries spill in Charleston spurred a ban on… Read More

WV Governor Signs Bill To Scale Back Law After Chemical Spill

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to scale back a law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks. A January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days prompted the legislation. The Legislature overwhelmingly approved the bill, which will deregulate about 36,000 aboveground storage tanks from the tank law…. Read More

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Cleanup Plan For West Virginia Chemical Spill Site To Be Outlined

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The public will learn next week about plans to clean up a chemical storage site on the Elk River that was the source of a public water crisis in West Virginia. The Tuesday meeting in Charleston will include consultants from Freedom Industries and officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection. They’ll explain plans under… Read More

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Two Former Freedom Owners Set For Plea Hearings In Spill Case

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Two former executives at Freedom Industries are due in court for plea hearings on charges stemming from last year’s chemical spill in Charleston. Separate hearings are set Monday in U.S. District Court for ex-Freedom owners Charles Herzing and William Tis. Plea hearings also are scheduled on Wednesday for Freedom environmental consultant Robert Reynolds and tank… Read More

West Virginia Chemical Spill Law Approved By House

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A House panel narrowly approved a bill to scale back protections to prevent chemical spills from sullying water supplies. The January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the tank law. At 11:30 p.m. Monday, the committee voted 13-12 to send the proposal to the floor. Several Kanawha County… Read More

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West Virginia Senate Starts Work To Scale Back Law After Chemical Spill

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State lawmakers have taken their first action to scale back a wide-ranging law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks. A January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the law. A Senate committee passed an amended bill Tuesday to deregulate about 36,000 aboveground storage tanks from the new… Read More