Corporate Violence as Crime: Anniversary of the West Virginia Chemical Spill

In 2014, about 300,000 people in and around Charleston, West Virginia, lost their drinking water source when thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical known as MCHM (4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) leaked into the nearby Elk River through a hole in a rusted-out storage tank. In 2015, the wheels of justice began to catch up with the owners of the responsible company when they were indicted by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Coincidentally, the West Virginia indictments came down on the same day that the Justice Department charged 14 people in Massachusetts for their role in producing and distributing meningitis-tainted steroid injections that killed 64 people. Rena Steinzor in Huffinton Post on prosecuting corporate violence.

Type: Op-Eds (March 14, 2015)
PDF: Steinzor Huffington Post West Virginia Oil Spill 031415
Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Tags: Why Not Jail West Virginia oil spill criminal prosecution
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy