CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Slip-ups such as not reading emails and leaving chemical headquarters unattended keep producing problems for a company months after it sullied 300,000 people’s drinking water.
Contractor troubles, miscalculations and missteps have kept state environmental violations rolling in after Freedom Industries’ Charleston chemical tank leak in January. Other state and federal investigations are still ongoing.
State environmental regulators aren’t rushing to slap penalties against Freedom.
The Department of Environmental Protection doesn’t want to drain Freedom of limited cash that could go toward extensive environmental cleanup costs and bankruptcy claims.
Freedom almost certainly can’t pay everyone seeking profits and wages they lost while water was rendered unusable for days.
The company plans to start tearing down its tanks Wednesday. Then it will work to strip contamination from its site.