If you want to know how miserable our regulatory system is (yet wingnuts keep claiming that businesses are over-burdened), read this:
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.”
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.
Anyone want to bet the fine is cheaper than building the appropriate storage tanks, and every other sociopathic corporation will notice…