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DOJ indicts Freedom Industries officials in January West Virginia spill

2:33 PM MST | December 17, 2014 | Lindsay Frost

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Freedom Industries (Charleston, WV) and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill at Charleston. A leak in one of the storage tanks caused over 7,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) to leak into the Elk River—causing 300,000 to lose access to clean water. “Just a mile upstream from Charleston’s primary source of drinking water, the conditions at the Freedom Industries facility were not only...

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