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North Carolina Chemical Company Remains Silent Despite Water Worries

Americans have grown accustomed to hearing apologies from everyone from cheating car-makers to cheating presidents, but a Fortune 500 chemical company with a pollution problem in North Carolina is following a different model: don’t apologize, don’t explain. For six months, …

Neighbors Concerned With Ivy League Lab Pollution

Neighbors of Dartmouth College property where for years the Ivy League school disposed of mice and other small animals used in science experiments say they fear pollution from the site has contaminated their groundwater and they worry the New Hampshire …

Effects of the Animas River Spill

On August 5, 2015, a mine spill was discovered in the Animas River in Colorado. According to news reports, the spill was triggered by a release of mine waste water which dumped about three million gallons of waste into the …

Groups Drop Class Action Insurance Settlement in West Virginia Spill

Lawyers for businesses and people affected by a massive chemical spill last year say a settlement to fund community projects is no longer being considered. In June 2014, lawyers for the groups affected by the Freedom Industries spill proposed the …

Chemical Regulation Overhaul Bill Faces Opposition in Senate

A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a step backward in protecting …

Ex-Freedom Owner Pleads Guilty in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

A former owner of Freedom Industries pleaded guilty Monday to federal Clean Water Act violations stemming from last year’s chemical spill in Charleston. William Tis, 60, faces up to a year in prison when sentenced June 22 in U.S. District …

Former Freedom Industries Execs Arraigned in West Virginia

Four former Freedom Industries executives have been arraigned on a superseding indictment stemming from a chemical spill last January that turned off tap water for 300,000 people. The indictment contains a new charge against former Freedom President Gary Southern stemming …

West Virginia Water Utility Hit by Chemical Spill Spent $670k on Monitoring, Lab

After chemicals spilled into its supply last January, a water company has built a $400,000 laboratory at its Charleston plant and spent $270,000 for monitoring equipment at nine facilities. West Virginia American Water also said contamination detection systems suggested in …

4 Company Executives Indicted in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

Four former chemical company executives have been indicted on pollution charges over a January spill that triggered a ban on drinking water for days for 300,000 West Virginia residents. The indictment unsealed Wednesday charged ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and …

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 …