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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

U.S. Attorney's office establishes website for potential victims of Freedom chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that his office has established a new website to provide information to potential victims of the January 9, 2014, Freedom Industries’ chemical spill.  The website is located at http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/chemical-spill. The site may also be accessed from www.justice.gov/largecases.

In accordance with the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and the Attorney General’s Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance, the site will provide information to potential victims of the chemical spill. The information on the site will include links to all documents charging the defendants with crimes, dates and times of upcoming public criminal proceedings, and a listing of resources available to those who believe they may have been harmed by the chemical spill.

Anyone who believes that they are a victim of the chemical spill and wishes to receive notice of future developments in the criminal cases related to the spill, submit written information concerning the impact the alleged crimes have had on them, or attend the criminal court proceedings, should visit the website above or contact the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia and ask to speak with the Victim-Witness Coordinator.  The local number for the United States Attorney’s office is (304) 345-2200, and the toll-free number is (800) 659-8726.

Pending charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated April 15, 2015