Chemical Spill Attorneys

Monthly Archives: January 2014

Water Testing Grants West Virginia

Three Grants Awarded by the NSF for Study of the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Rapid Response Research Grants—RAPID grants—have been awarded to three research teams by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants will be put toward work that will endeavor to determine the properties of the chemical that spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia earlier this month. The January 9th chemical spill resulted in a water […]

West Virginia Elk River Formaldehyde

West Virginians May be Inhaling Formaldehyde Too, Town Meeting Reveals

After the disastrous chemical spill in Elk River leading to a ban on tap water for hundreds of thousands West Virginias, residents are now being told that they could be breathing in formaldehyde while showering, despite officials’ claims that the water is now safe for everyone except pregnant women. Environmental attorney William J. Dubanevich, of […]

Freedom Industries Chemical Disclosure

Freedom Failed to Disclose that Another Chemical Leaked into Elk River

Things are looking worse and worse for Freedom Industries, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week following the disastrous chemical spill in West Virginia. Now, the state Department of Environmental Protection is saying that the company violated state code by failing to mention the presence of a second chemical in the tank. About 300,000 […]

Wva Spill Hospitalizations Increase

Hospital Admissions Double Following West Virginia Chemical Spill, Chemical Compound Found to Contain Undeclared Ingredient

Although officials have declared that the water in West Virginia, following the spill of a coal chemical into the Elk River, is safe, hospital admissions tied to the chemical spill have doubled in just one week. On January 9th, a chemical known as “Crude MCHM,” a frothing agent used to clean coal, leaked into the […]

Water-Relief Tankers Pulled In West Virginia Following Complaints of Unusual Odor

Water-Relief Tankers Pulled In West Virginia Following Complaints of Unusual Odor

The chemical that leaked into the Elk River in West Virginia led to a nine-county water ban and declaration of a state of emergency. Little is known about the chemical involved, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, which is a coal cleaner and frothing agent that gives off a licorice smell. Most recently, reports were being received that water […]

Pregnant Women West Virginia Chemical Spill

Pregnant Women Told Not to Drink West Virginia Tap Water

The chemical spill that left thousands of West Virginians without clean running water this past week has been making headlines. In the past few days, some residents have been told that their tap water is safe, but many are questioning whether or not this is true, especially if pregnant women are now being advised against […]

West Virginia Class Action Lawsuits Filed

Class Action Lawsuits Filed Following West Virginia Chemical Spill Leads, More Expected

The chemical leak into the Elk River on January 9th left 300,000 people without water in West Virginia and worrying about a coal cleaning chemical whose long-term effects remain largely unknown. The governor declared a state of emergency and the water ban spanned nine counties. Now, at least eight class action lawsuits have been filed […]

West Virginia Chemical Spill Oversight Blamed

West Virginia Chemical Spill Reveals Gaps in Regulation, Poor Oversight

The West Virginia chemical spill that has left 300,000 West Virginians without water has revealed serious gaps in regulation and poor oversight. Approximately 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) leaked into Elk River from a one-inch hole in a 48,000 gallon tank, leading to a state of emergency last week. The tank was located in a […]

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