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Ex-Executive Due for Sentencing in Federal Court

Freedom Industries
Aaron Payne
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A former Freedom Industries executive is due in federal court for sentencing on a pollution charge in a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

Dennis Farrell pleaded guilty in August to a deal that includes up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine. His sentencing is set for Thursday in Charleston.

Four other ex-Freedom officials have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay fines. Ex-company President Gary Southern is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

In January 2014, the leak of coal-cleaning chemicals into the water supply spurred a tap-water ban across nine counties for days.

The company, which filed bankruptcy eight days after the spill, was fined $900,000, although a federal judge said the fine was symbolic.


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