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Shipping Resumes in Houston Channel Fouled by Chemical Spill

The U.S. Gulf Coast’s most important industrial waterway partially reopened on Monday after it was polluted with cancer-causing benzene and toxic runoff from the region’s worst chemical disaster in more than a decade. A two-mile stretch of the Houston Ship …

A No-Paper Jam: Printer Ink Spill Blots All Interstate Lanes

A truck carrying 40,000 pounds of printer ink overturned on an Atlanta interstate, closing all lanes on an outer loop for four hours. That’s 5,500 gallons (20,820 liters) of ink. News outlets report a car cut in front of the …

Houston Ship Channel Chemical Spill Cleanup Will Take Several Days

Efforts to clean up one of the nation’s busiest seaports after a collision between two vessels on the Houston Ship Channel spilled a flammable chemical were expected to take at least several days, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday. About …

Charges Expected for Freedom Industries President After Spill

A West Virginia executive faces charges of lying to protect his personal wealth from lawsuits after his company spilled chemicals into 300,000 people’s water supply in January, according to a criminal complaint Monday. The complaint unsealed Monday in U.S. District …

West Virginia Company Fined $11K in Chemical Spill

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia’s largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude …

Storage Tank Website Up and Running in West Virginia

A West Virginia website will provide information and online registration for aboveground storage tank owners to comply with a new law. The site explains the law written in response to a January chemical spill. The Department of Environmental Protection estimates …

Incurred Losses for West Virginia Businesses After Chemical Spill

Restaurants and storefronts are buzzing again in West Virginia’s capital city, but many still can’t recoup money lost while they shut down after a January chemical spill. Businesses have sued companies tied to the spill, tried to collect insurance claims …

Illness Can’t be Directly Tied to West Virginia Chemical Spill

Health officials say they can’t definitively prove hundreds of West Virginians experienced health effects from contact with a chemical spilled into the water supply. Symptoms in 369 medical records were consistent with studies on spilled crude MCHM. But officials said …

Chemical Spill Company Submits Plan to Demolish Factory

The company at the center of a chemical spill into 300,000 West Virginians’ drinking water submitted plans Wednesday to demolish its facility. Freedom Industries sent the state Department of Environmental Protection plans to decommission its Charleston tanks. Under an order …

West Virginia Company Hires Firm to Maintain Chemical Spill Data

The West Virginia company at the center of a January chemical spill is hiring experts to preserve emails and phone records for ongoing investigations. In bankruptcy court Tuesday, Freedom Industries received approval to hire Vestige Ltd. for about $42,500 to …