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WV chemical company fined $11,000 for poisoning 300,000 people’s drinking water

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The federal government announced this month that a West Virginia chemical company would be fined $11,000 for a spill earlier this year that poisoned the drinking water for 300,000 people in the state.

According to a citation document obtained by The Charleston Gazette, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hit Freedom Industries with a $7,000 fine for keeping chemicals in diked areas that were not “liquid tight.”

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The administration fined Freedom an addition $4,000 for not providing employees with a proper hand railing to walk over the storage dikes.

About 300,000 people were left without drinking water when coal cleaning chemicals leaked on Jan. 9. A recent survey found that one in five people reported health issues after the chemical spill.

The Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research estimated in February that the spill would cost businesses $61 million.

Freedom Industries, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, has not said whether it would appeal the fines.

Watch the video below from Russia Today, broadcast June 24, 2014.

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Trump aides frustrated by his ‘nonsensical’ Biden attacks in Ohio: AP reporter

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During a segment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire stated that aides close to President Donald Trump thought the president made some good points about the U.S. economy on Thursday -- only to have his message overlooked when he attacked former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking with co-host Willie Geist, Lemire said there were other problems with the Ohio visit -- including Republican Gov. Mike DeWine being unable to attend because he tested positive for COVID-19 -- but Trump stating Biden "hurts God" made the economic points the president made secondary in a state where he needs votes.

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Expert: Trump playing ‘whack-a-mole’ in attempt to salvage states he should be winning

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A top political analyst says President Donald Trump seems to be flying blind as he heads toward an electoral loss.

Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor for the Cook Report, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that demographic changes had turned formerly reliable red states into competitive congressional races, and that same dynamic had made Trump's re-election campaign even more challenging.

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Trump’s long history of racism busted in damning Morning Joe supercut video

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blew up President Donald Trump's attempts to portray Joe Biden as racist.

The president pounced on Biden's suggestion that the Latino community was diverse, "unlike the African American community with notable exceptions," and the former vice president was forced to clarify his remarks in a series of tweets.

Throughout my career I've witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It's this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place.

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