Two former employees at Freedom Industries are due in federal court for plea hearings on pollution charges stemming from a chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia.
Separate hearings are set Wednesday for ex-plant manager Michael Burdette and environmental consultant Robert Reynolds. Both are charged with federal Clean Water Act violations and are expected to plead guilty.
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Former owners Charles Herzing and William Tis pleaded guilty Monday to causing an unlawful discharge of a coal-cleaning agent into the Elk River. The January 2014 spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.
Another plea hearing is scheduled next Monday for the company itself. Ex-Freedom owner Dennis Farrell and former President Gary Southern face trial later this year on charges related to the spill. In addition, Southern faces charges related to Freedom's bankruptcy.