Freedom is Negligent, Goes Bankrupt

Freedom is Negligent, Goes Bankrupt

This may be the closest thing to good news coming out of West Virginia this week: Freedom Industries has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  But does the Elk River chemical spill mean we’ll finally get toughmeaningful regulation and inspection of chemical storage facilities? Probably not.


“West Virginia Chemical-Spill Site Avoided Broad Regulatory Scrutiny,” Alexandra Berzon and Kris Maher, Wall Street Journal

“One week after W. Va. toxic spill, new owner of Freedom Industries puts firm in bankruptcy,” Steven Mufson, Washington Post

“Company Behind West Virginia’s Chemical Spill Files For Bankruptcy,” Jeff Spross, Think Progress

“No One’s Job: West Virginia’s Forbidden Waters,” Jedediah Purdy, The New Yorker blog

W. VA. Spill Latest Case of Coal Tainting US Waters,” Dina Cappiello and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

“West Virginia: second chemical leaked during spill prompts new probe,” Associated Press, The Guardian

“Behind West Virginia’s Massive Chemical Spill, A History Of Poverty And Pollution,” Katie Valentine and Emily Atkin, Think Progress


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