Founder of WV Chemical Spill Company Is a Twice-Convicted Felon
MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
According to the Charleston Gazette (West Virginia), “Freedom Industries, the company responsible for contaminating the water of 300,000 Kanawha Valley residents, was founded by a two-time convicted felon [and] benefited from the 2009 federal stimulus.”
The Gazette identifies the co-founder as Carl Lemley Kennedy II. The Gazette also states that Kennedy, “In 1987 … pleaded guilty to selling between 10 and 12 ounces of cocaine in connection with a scandal that toppled then-Charleston Mayor Mike Roark.” He eventually got his sentence reduced for his company related felonies by becoming a government informant to entrap cocaine dealers.
Although there are some signs that the water turned toxic by the massive chemical spill in the southern part of the state is becoming less polluted, nearly a third of a million West Virginia residents are still warned not to drink tap water for several days.