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No Evidence of Contaminated Water From Montana Oil Boom

Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no evidence of contamination from an energy boom that’s already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday. However, the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned that the …

West Virginia Disaster Loan Deadline Approaches

The deadline is approaching for West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the January water crisis to apply for low-interest federal loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration says applications for the economic injury loans must be received by …

FEMA Repays West Virginia Entities for Chemical Spill Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed $1.4 million to local and state governments, hospitals and some non-profit groups for costs related to January’s chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia. The Charleston Daily Mail reports FEMA assistance has been awarded …

Report Says West Virginia Wasn’t Trained for Chemical Spill

A federal report says West Virginia public health officials weren’t trained to respond to a January chemical spill along the Elk River. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state Bureau for Public Health had no epidemiologists …

Freedom Bankruptcy Plan Gifts Nonprofits, Ignores Pollution Claims

Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaking chemical tank made much of West Virginia’s water undrinkable early this year, filed a proposed Chapter 11 plan this week that offers nothing to people with claims for polluted water. Instead, proceeds from a settlement …

Claims Grow Against West Virginia Spill Company

When coal-cleaning chemicals seeped into West Virginia’s biggest water supply in January, the city of Cincinnati had a decision to make 200 miles downstream. As the city feared, a sheet of contaminants cruised down the Elk River, into the Kanawha …

State Seeks $1.8M From Bankrupt West Virginia Spill Company

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state’s largest water supply. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the claim in bankruptcy court in Charleston. The claim against Freedom Industries covers …

Claims Deadline Approaches for West Virginia Chemical Spill

Time is running out for residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston, W. Va., to file claims in federal bankruptcy court. Claims must be filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston by Friday. Forms can be …

Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine in Chemical Spill

A company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia’s largest water supply has paid an $11,000 fine for a pair of violations. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 earlier this month for keeping storage tanks …

CDC Rationale for West Virginia Tainted Water Explained

After a chemical spilled into the Elk River and tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians, health officials’ biggest concern was determining at what levels the water would again be safe to drink. If it was safe to drink, …