- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Executives charged in a January chemical spill in West Virginia are slated for court appearances.

Ex-Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern, William Tis, Dennis Farrell and Charles Herzing will appear Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. in Charleston in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane Tinsley.

Thursday’s order says Tis, Farrell and Herzing will have first appearances. Southern will have his arraignment hearing. He was released last week on a $100,000 bond in federal court in Fort Myers, Florida.

They are charged with failing to ensure Freedom operated the terminal that leaked in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner. The spill spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

Southern also faces fraud charges related to the company’s bankruptcy case. Freedom filed for bankruptcy eight days after the Elk River spill.

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