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Water Tests ‘Look Good’ But Don’t Drink Just Yet

300,000 still dry after Mountain State chemical spill

January 13, 2014

DRY BRANCH, W.Va.— For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can’t drink the water....

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dyingov

Jan-13-14 10:19 PM

Huffman, Just another political appointee! "was not regularly inspected!"

Last inspection 1992, I guess that does qualify for not REGULARLY inspected! LOL

Interesting conversation in 1992, "everything looks good, you did donate to the D party? see you in 25 years!"

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dyingov

Jan-13-14 10:15 PM

rockhead, The following is what the State (democrat controlled since 1932) handle the chemical storage tanks along the river! Huffman was appointed by the Mojo (D) WV.

"DEP Secretary Randy Huffman has said that the facility fell through the cracks. It made no chemicals on site, Huffman said, and was not regularly inspected because it only stored and shipped products.

But DEP officials have given the facility a storm water plan, under a "general permit" program that is less rigorous than obtaining a site-specific pollution permit.

Under the permit, the company was required to have a spill prevention plan and to immediately report potentially dangerous spills to the state. DEP had authority to inspect the site to ensure compliance with the period."

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WVEXPAT

Jan-13-14 9:09 PM

And what a cruel twist of fate that Freedom would've been out of business if not for a $400,000 lifesaver from the 2009 Stimulus! So if not for govt intervention this entire tragedy would not have happened.

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WVEXPAT

Jan-13-14 9:01 PM

WBR,

While I enjoy your Daily Kos audition posts, I'm not sure many CEO's enjoy multi-million fines and becoming a regional/national pariah. And having leaky storage tanks is just great PR in the storage tank industry. I'm sure those other back slapping CEO's are lining up to store their toxic chemicals w/ Freedom.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-13-14 5:21 PM

WaterBuffaloed “At his news conference, Christie played for pity blah blah blah... Christie will never say "we screwed up."”

LOL Christie stepped up to the microphone himself rather than sending out a “spokesperson,” immediately accepted responsibility, fired the staff member who committed the crime, and initiated an investigation to uncover any further wrongdoing, three things your Obumbler has NEVER done in his NUMEROUS FATAL debacles. Benghazi? Fast and Furious? Obamascam website rollout disaster? STILL waiting on answers from your Liar in Chief, Obamazombies.

Why are Demorats so desperate to shift the discussion to ANYONE and ANYTHING other than the DISASTROUS Obama job losses, the RECORD Obama food stamp numbers, the MILLIONS who have lost their health insurance because of Barry’s LIE OF THE YEAR, the TRILLIONS in future-crushing national debt and federal deficits Barry Obankrupter has dumped on our children and grandchildren,...

Bridgegate? Seriously? Too funny.

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WaterBuffaloRider

Jan-13-14 4:10 PM

At his news conference, Christie played for pity as the betrayed leader, making no apology for the kids he betrayed by appointing Republican thugs to powerful positions. Christie will never say "we screwed up." Bridgegate only enhances his chances of getting nomination among people who cannot grasp the science of evolution.

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WaterBuffaloRider

Jan-13-14 4:04 PM

The McKinley/Capito war on kids in the northeast is as unacceptable as this. It is also a war on construction workers talented in building smoke stacks. Just part of Republican obstruction of the recovery from the worst recession in history that Obama inherited.

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WaterBuffaloRider

Jan-13-14 3:59 PM

Anti-regulation Republicans and CEOs slap each other on the back about things like this and Bridge-gate where Chis Christie Republicans put kids at risk on school buses because they were "children of Democrats" as revenge against a Democrat mayor. Putting kids at risk is no problem for Republicans who had a huge change in intellect in only 4 years according to the Pew Survey.

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dyingov

Jan-13-14 1:51 PM

rockhead, You see the peeps are aware that the feds are in town (New York) and will now (15 months after Sandy) act like they are tracking the funds. It's politics in the US of A and both parties are guilty!

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RockEReputation

Jan-13-14 1:32 PM

'a politician thing!...New York City's Bloomberg administration'???

'for identifying fraud in the nearly $58 billion superstorm Sandy aid package' let's look at Chris Christie's $4.7 million stronger than the storm toorsim/campaign ad spending. Too fat to fail.

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dyingov

Jan-13-14 1:03 PM

rockhead, It's what your tax spenders do best....

WASHINGTON -- "A federal board responsible for identifying fraud in the nearly $58 billion superstorm Sandy aid package says it's struggling to track the grants, loans and contracts most vulnerable to misuse.

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which on a website detailed $800 billion in federal stimulus money approved during the nation's financial crisis, said the government failed to assign a searchable unique code number to Sandy aid as it did for stimulus funds.

White House officials and Congress blamed each other for the omission, which reduces the board's ability to use technology to identify fraud."

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dyingov

Jan-13-14 1:00 PM

It's a politician thing!

(Reuters) - "New York City's Bloomberg administration intends to launch a database within two weeks to better track the billions of dollars of federal relief for Superstorm Sandy victims, even as city legislators hope to craft a system of their own.

The competing plans come amid widespread concerns that many of the funds appropriated so far have evaded oversight, potentially leading to fraud and abuse.

At issue is the depth of information that should be provided about particular contracts and recipients. Spending on relief for victims of the October 2012 storm is expected to accelerate in the next year after a slow start in the first year after the disaster."

After Katrina 75 billion dollars have been spent on "emergency" measures, that only be $265,000 per citizen!

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RockEReputation

Jan-13-14 12:02 PM

yadda yadda...and bridgegate ain't sandygate

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TrollSlayer

Jan-13-14 11:25 AM

RockE “Just because the Koch Bros [jump to] Americans for Prosperity spends megabucks fighting environmental regulations [jump to] owns Georgia Pacific which makes the Talon coal binder that Freedom Industries started peddling [jump to conclude] no reason to jump to any conclusions....”

Just because Talon coal binder has nothing to do with this spill is no reason not to try to tie your political enemy’s product to it...

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mikeyd

Jan-13-14 9:58 AM

so this company may have been started with illegal drug money?

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RockEReputation

Jan-13-14 9:30 AM

Just because the Koch Bros whose Americans for Prosperity spends megabucks fighting environmental regulations at every turn owns Georgia Pacific which makes the Talon coal binder that Freedom Industries started peddling in 2008 is no reason to jump to any conclusions....

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Wvcoffee

Jan-13-14 6:55 AM

Where's the outrage UnIntelligencer? Where us the concern for the citizens of this great state? Print the names and faces of these criminals.

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dyingov

Jan-13-14 6:43 AM

Good story (today) in the Charleston Gazette about the owner of Freedom Industries. 2-time felon that is very well known in the Kanawha Valley. Took down the Charleston Mayor in 1987 in a cocaine buying/selling bust. One of two felonies for the freedom industry owner. Tax evasion was felony number two. Also went bankrupt in 2005. This dude certainly should have been on the radar for the state DEP peeps!

Politics is an interesting animal, spending tax payer money on corporate welfare! Freedom Industries received $400,000 to dredge the Elk River in 2009 (nomamma stimulus) so barges could navigate the channel! AND THE BEAT GOES ON!

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LogHog

Jan-13-14 5:07 AM

Welcome to Chemical World and Corruption. Say what? The processed food you eat causes inflammation= harder to breath along with more aches and pains? Not to worry. The chem. co. makes a drug for that. As the Ad says. Just ask your Dr. Chemical companies are big business with FDA saying don't worry. It's safe. This is the modern, good 'ol boy way.

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mkhunt

Jan-13-14 4:37 AM

Freedom's J. Clifford Forrest is a very generous donor to Tom Corbett gov of PA and pro-gas drilling promotion groups. Barges of chemicals near water source for water company? Warwood?Stop this exploitation. safety standards are low, environmental disaster and cocaine and fed charges,,,RICO these guys.

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uglyassmf

Jan-13-14 12:48 AM

it will be fine. Just ask the Koch Brothers and all of the politicians that are in their back pockets in Michigan. Pretty sad when you can't even eat a deer you shoot.

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