- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former plant manager at Freedom Industries is due in court for sentencing in a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

Michael Burdette is the third of six ex-Freedom officials to be sentenced this month on pollution charges. He is set to appear Thursday in Charleston federal court. The company itself also is set for sentencing at a separate hearing.

Burdette faces up to a year in prison and a minimum $2,500 fine. Two other officials received probation and fines at their sentencings earlier this week.

The spill of thousands of gallons of the coal-cleaning agent MCHM into the Elk River in January 2014 prompted residents in nine counties to be told to avoid using their tap water for up to 10 days.


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