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Justice to Protect Drinking Water a Year After WV Chemical Spill!

Six former officials of Freedom Industries, the chemical company behind the massive chemical spill into the Charleston, WV water supply, have been charged with multiple criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. In January, 300,000 people’s water was dangerously contaminated with a toxic industrial chemical because of a leak from Freedom Industry’s containment system.

The former officials are being held accountable for their negligence, and one man faces up to 68 years in prison, thanks to a persistent news media and the strong actions of regional federal Justice Officials. In a press release, US Attorney General Eric Holder stated that “compliance with environmental safety standards is an obligation, not a choice.” Justice is being brought to this clear case of wrong doing, as it ought to be.

That the Clean Water Act is being enforced should be commonplace, but unfortunately it is breaking news. And in North Carolina, in light of Duke Energy’s Dan River Coal Ash Spill and ongoing water pollution from its coal ash dumps, we are still waiting for the justice system to have its day.

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