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Another executive gets his wrist slapped for poisoning a community's water

Another executive gets his wrist slapped for poisoning a community's water

The Flint, Mich., water crisis has been garnering all the headlines lately, but we shouldn't forget its precursor in news coverage devoted to man-made environmental disasters. That would be the 2014 chemical spill into the Elk and Kanawha rivers flowing through Charleston, W.Va.

The spill of a chemical known as MCHM, which is used for washing coal and was stored haphazardly by Freedom Industries, left some 300,000 residents of nine counties without potable water for 10 days to two weeks. Somewhere between one-fifth and one-half of the affected households reported that at least one person in the family had become ill from the water, according to

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