Faulty Spill Reporting, Notice Delays Spur W.Va. Water Suits

Law360, New York (January 13, 2014, 8:14 PM ET) -- Reporting flaws and communication problems in the wake of Thursday's coal processing chemical spill in West Virginia could cause a spike in damages claims from the government, as well as from businesses and residents around the state capital region who didn't have access to water for five days.

The contamination was uncovered only after Charleston-area residents expressed concern about a rank, licorice-like odor near a Freedom Industries Inc. storage facility located only a mile from a West Virginia American Water plant that serves more than 300,000...
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