W.Va. Leak Is A Message To All Company Safety Practices

Law360, New York (January 28, 2014, 5:24 PM EST) -- One inch. That is the approximate size of the hole in a storage tank that allowed roughly 7,500 gallons of a coal-cleaning chemical to leak, breach a containment wall, seep into West Virginia’s Elk River and contaminate the water supply of the state’s most densely populated area. Had basic “process safety” fundamentals been in place, the entire incident likely could have been prevented or its consequences significantly reduced.

Freedom Industries Inc., the company that owns the site, is not large. According to court filings and media...
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