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Faith, Fortitude and the Quest for Freedom – March 22, 2015 – Video

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Mar 272015
 



Faith, Fortitude and the Quest for Freedom – March 22, 2015
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Arizona Senate committee approves firearms legislation

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Mar 252015
 

Phoenix (AP) – Arizonas stand-your-ground and constitutional-carry laws already make the state a favorite for gun owners. On Tuesday, a Republican-dominated Senate committee passed firearms legislation to further broaden state residents Second Amendment rights.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill expanding gun owners rights to carry concealed weapons in public places and another creating an interstate compact to regulate the transfer of firearms. Both proposals passed on a 5-3 vote and now move to the Senate.

House Bill 2320 by Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, would allow holders of concealed-carry permit to take their weapons into public buildings such as libraries. The bill says that if public institutions do not want to allow conceal-carry holders to come in with their guns, they must establish security guards and metal detectors at their facilities. The bill exempts some buildings, including those with liquor licenses, hospitals and schools.

The whole point of putting this legislation forward is to honor the people who have a CCW permit, Barton said. Its important that we honor that, and allow them to carry their desired weapon, concealed for self-defense.

Advocates from the Salt River Project, the Arizona State Retirement System and the state Supreme Court lobbied for exceptions for their public buildings. But Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, who chairs the committee, refused to offer amendments in committee.

Instead, Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, who supports the bill, said Republicans will offer floor amendment to prohibit concealed carriers from bringing weapons into public buildings where it is forbidden by federal law.

Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said cities and counties shouldnt have to pay for security so that concealed carriers can keep their guns in public buildings. This bill puts a literal gun to the heads of public bodies and says if you really want to keep your public buildings free from weapons youre going to have to pay for it, Farley said.

Maricopa County found that if it prohibited firearms from all 378 county buildings that dont have security, it would cost $47 million in ongoing costs and $9 million in setup costs, according to legislative analysts.

Brewer vetoed similar legislation three times in four years. In 2014, Brewer cited concerns about the fiscal impact on state and local governments. She called the bill an unnecessary diversion of limited resources.

More than 230,000 Arizona residents have concealed-carry permits, according to a Department of Public Safety report from March.

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Freedom Industries pleads guilty to pollution charges in West Virginia chemical spill case

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Mar 242015
 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. A now-bankrupt chemical company pleaded guilty Monday to three pollution charges related to last year’s spill that contaminated a West Virginia river.

Mark Welch, chief restructuring officer of Freedom Industries, entered the plea on behalf of the company in federal court to negligent discharge of a pollutant and unlawful discharge of refuse matter, both misdemeanors, and violating a permit condition under the Clean Water Act, a felony.

Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent from Freedom Industries in Charleston spilled into the Elk River and went into West Virginia American Water’s intake 2 miles downstream on Jan. 9, 2014. It prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 residents in nine counties for up to 10 days while the water company’s system was flushed out.

Freedom Industries, which filed for bankruptcy eight days after the spill, faces a maximum $900,000 fine. Sentencing was set for June 29.

“Extreme fines would be very difficult for the estate,” Welch told U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston. “I have limited resources.”

In ordering a presentencing report, Johnston said, “We’ll find out how much money Freedom Industries has.”

An FBI affidavit says Freedom knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant but never dealt with them. Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank’s floor and roof likely helped cause the spill.

Prosecutors have said the tank conditions “put an entire population needlessly at risk.”

In September a federal bankruptcy judge approved a $2.9 million settlement between the company and businesses and residents under which a panel would choose public interest projects that would benefit those whose tap water was contaminated. The settlement would rely on insurance proceeds from Freedom Industries.

Former Freedom owners William Tis and Charles Herzing and two lower-level employees pleaded guilty to a pollution charge last week and will be sentenced in June.

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Freedom pleads guilty to criminal pollution

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Mar 242015
 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Freedom Industries on Monday pleaded guilty to three water pollution crimes that prosecutors said caused the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities.

The company already facing millions of dollars in bankruptcy claims and major civil lawsuits could be ordered to pay $900,000 or more in fines when it faces sentencing on June 29.

During an afternoon hearing in Charleston, Mark Welch, who joined Freedom as its chief restructuring officer after the leak and the companys bankruptcy filing, appeared before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston to enter pleas on Freedoms behalf.

Guilty, Welch said in response to questions about the two misdemeanors and one felony contained in a 13-page charging document that was made public more than three months ago. Freedom said in December that it had reached agreement to plead guilty to the three criminal charges.

Freedom pleaded guilty to a negligent discharge of pollution into the Elk River and a negligent discharge of refuse material into the river, both misdemeanor counts. The company also pleaded guilty to a knowing violation of its state Department of Environmental Protection-issued Clean Water Act permit, which is a felony.

Among other things, Freedom admitted to allegations that the company did not conduct proper inspections of a chemical tank containing Crude MCHM and consequently failed to repair and/or replace the tank prior to the Jan. 9, 2014, leak.

Also, the company admitted to not ensuring that the tank had a spill-containment area that would control any material that leaked from the tank and keep it out of the river.

Freedom faces potential fines of between $7,500 and $100,000 per day of violation, or a maximum fine of $900,000, or twice the financial loss or gain resulting from the companys conduct.

The companys plea comes after four guilty pleas that U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin secured with former Freedom officials and as two other former Freedom officials also face criminal charges.

Two former Freedom owners, William Tis and Charles Herzing; plant manager Michael Burdette; and environmental manager Robert Reynolds have already pleaded guilty in agreements with Goodwin. Sentencing hearings for those four officials are set for June.

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UPDATE: Freedom Industries pleads guilty in court

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Mar 242015
 

UPDATE 5 p.m., March 23: Freedom Industries pleaded guilty in federal court March 23 to three environmental crimes, officials said.

The crimes are in connection with the Jan. 9, 2014 Elk River chemical spill of MCHM.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Freedom, which owned and operated the facility from which the chemical MCHM spilled into the river, pleaded guilty to negligent discharge of a pollutant, the unlawful discharge of refuse, and violating a permit condition.

According to U.S. District Court documents, the company also paid a criminal debt payment of $650 on March 23.

Sentencing of the company is scheduled for June 29, 2015.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Environmental Protection Agency – Criminal Investigation Division.

Original Story, 10 a.m., March 23 (From AP): Freedom Industries is set to answer to a pollution charge stemming from last year’s chemical spill into a river in Charleston, WV.

Two former Freedom owners and two lower-level employees pleaded guilty to a pollution charge last week and will be sentenced in June.

The spill of thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent into the Elk River went into West Virginia American Water’s intake 2 miles downstream on Jan. 9, 2014. It prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 residents for days.

Another former 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.

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Freedom Industries to explain Elk cleanup at public meeting

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Mar 192015
 

Consultants from Freedom Industries and officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand next Tuesday to explain plans for Freedom to clean up its former Elk River chemical storage facility under DEPs voluntary industrial remediation program.

A public meeting on the cleanup project is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Civic Center, according to a public notice provided by Freedom.

The meeting comes as deadlines loom for Freedom to reach agrement with DEP on the next step in the cleanup and for the company to explain to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson its plan for completing its bankruptcy case and resolving millions of claims filed by thousands of victims of the water crisis that followed last years leak from one of Freedoms chemical tanks. It is also scheduled for one day after a Monday hearing in U.S. District Court, where Freedom is set to plead guilty to criminal pollution violations related to the spill.

At the meeting, Freedoms environmental consulting firm, Arcadis, will discuss what has been done so far to clean up the site and provide further assurances on remediation, soil removal and chemical analysis, said Mark Welch, Freedoms chief restructuring officer.

Welch said that he would also discuss Freedoms ongoing bankruptcy case, and the companys plan to conclude that case. Freedoms toxicologist, environmental lawyer, and others will be on hand to answer questions from the public, Welch said.

On April 9, Freedom is scheduled to appear in bankruptcy court at a hearing Pearson scheduled to hear what Freedom has been able to accomplish to resolve the $200 million in claims filed against it by spill victims. In an order earlier this month, Pearson said that the only progress in the bankruptcy case has been on the site remediation and that the rest of the matter is stagnated.

Kelley Gillenwater, spokeswoman for DEP, said that officials from the agencys Voluntary Remediation Program would attend to answer questions about the program, but would be able to provide limited information about the plan for the Freedom site.

We cant give any specifics about the plan for Freedom, though, because thee isnt one yet, Gillenwater said. Were still waiting on information from Freedom.

Gillenwater noted that the program doesnt require Freedom to hold a public meeting, but DEP has encouraged Welch to do so to explain whats going on and hear questions and concerns.

Last week, DEP approved Freedoms application to enter the agencys voluntary cleanup program, a move that Freedom has said would help it save money on remediation at the site of the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people in Charleston and surrounding communities.

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Davao beaches high in coliform

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Mar 182015
 

COUNCILOR Leo Avila III said Monday that beaches in Davao City are currently “not healthy for swimming,” as the rivers have been found with high levels of coliform in the recent Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) water quality assessment.

Avila, who is also the chairperson of the Committee on Environment, said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Annex that results from the 2014 water quality assessment of the EMB showed that the city had “failed miserably.”

In a copy of the report, total coliform found for both downstream and upstream of Davao River was estimated at 4,900 to 1,887,000 most probable number (mpn) per 100 ml wherein the standard level should only be 1,000mpn per 100 ml.

With a downstream standard level of 200mpn per 100 ml, fecal coliform in Davao River was estimated at 9,600 to 293,000mpn per 100 ml while for the upstream, with a standard level of 100mpn per 100 ml, it was found with 1,700 to 8,700mpn/100 ml of fecal coliform.

Talomo River was found with a total number of 1,006 to 456,000 MPN per 100 ml with around 414 to 183,000mpn per 100 ml of fecal coliform.

The report showed that the rise in the coliform level was due to human and animal wastes, houses located near the river, poultry and hog farms disposing their wastes in the river, and the City not having sewerage/septage treatment facility.

With this, Avila is requesting for the implementation of the Septage and Sewerage Management Ordinance of the city which the implementing rules and regulations had already been approved back in 2013 during Mayor Sara Z. Duterte’s term.

“When Mayor Rody came in, he already made one of the requirements; one of the provisions of the IRR is for the creation of the ESS (environmental sanitary section) of the City Health Office (CHO) whose task is for the ordinance to be implemented,” he said.

Avila said that the group, which includes the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENR), City Engineers Office, Department of Public Works and Highways and the EMB, has not yet met to discuss for the implementation of such.

“Sabi ng ESS marami silang kulang (ESS said that they are still lacking on things) like equipment and personnel for the implementation,” he said.

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Answers remains elusive in Freedom Industries bankruptcy case

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Mar 092015
 

Officials overseeing the Freedom Industries bankruptcy on Tuesday touted progress on cleanup of the companys Elk River facility, but acknowledged that answers to other pressing issues that have stalled the resolution of the case remain elusive.

Still unclear are crucial decisions regarding how or when Freedom might obtain an insurance payment of more than $3 million for the January 2014 chemical leak, how victims might eventually be compensated, and whether additional funds can be recouped for the bankruptcy estate from various parties, including former Freedom owners and executives.

Weve got to make some progress on these things, said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson. Lets get these things teed up.

Pearson spoke Tuesday morning to a courtroom full of lawyers representing Freedom Industries, various companies Freedom owes money to, victims, state agencies, West Virginia American Water and former Freedom officials.

The judge called a status conference of interested parties after observing in an early February order that the case was at a crossroads. At the time, Freedom had dwindling resources, with just $1.5 million in cash and $200 million in claims, and a liquidation plan that Pearson said he didnt think could ever be approved as written.

In a status report submitted on Friday, Freedoms court-approved chief restructuring officer, Mark Welch, said that the company currently has about $700,000 cash in hand. The report said Freedom hopes to get Pearsons approval to put about $450,000 of that into an escrow account to fund the rest of the remediation of the Elk River facility, site of the leak that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents across the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities.

The report said that Freedom has spent no less than $10.5 million on matters relating to environmental compliance, testing and remediation since it filed for bankruptcy more than a year ago. After tearing down and removing more than a dozen chemical tanks at the Etowah Terminal along the Elk River, Welch also oversaw the removal of 600 tons of contaminated soil and construction of retention berms around the former footprint of the facilitys Crude MCHM tanks, the report said.

Shortly before Welch filed his status report with the bankruptcy court, the state Department of Environmental Protection accepted the Freedom site into its voluntary industrial cleanup program. The move gives the company 31 days to negotiate with the DEP on a schedule for developing its final cleanup plan.

Welch said in his report that he believes Freedoms only remaining remediation work involves capping the MCHM portion of the facility, monitoring, ongoing stormwater collection and additional water and other testing.

Acceptance into the voluntary DEP program allows Freedom to clean up the site based on some as-yet-undetermined risk-based contamination standard, as opposed to previous state agency orders that required all MCHM contamination at the location to be removed. DEP Secretary Randy Huffman has said, though, that Freedom must clean up the site so that the risk of this stuff getting back in the water has been eliminated — not just minimized.

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Augustin should prove tough to beat in bumper

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Mar 052015
 

Augustin sets a decent standard in the Ardfinnan Flat Race, the bumper on todays Clonmel card.

While Willie and Patrick Mullins are busy with preparations for Cheltenham, this five-year-olds trip to Clonmel will serve as a brief distraction.

But the French-bred son of Martaline showed enough promise on his debut in Navan last month to suggest that he should be capable of a bumper success.

Ridden on his debut by 7lb. claimer Aubrey McMahon, Augustin travelled well, failed to quicken with the leaders two furlongs out but stayed on in encouraging style to finish fourth to Illuminati, beaten little more than six lengths. Augustin looked a stayer on that occasion. And, with Patrick Mullins taking over in the saddle and likely to make more use of him, he should prove tough to beat.

With a rating of 116, the Liam Burke-trained Coolbane West appeals in the opening Irish Stallion Farms Maiden Hurdle. The Westerner gelding has been placed in his last two starts finishing third to Im All You Need in Thurles before attempting to make all, as an odds-on favourite, at todays venue when outpointed late by Fruits Of Glory.

Coolbane West is stepping-up significantly in trip today, which should help and he gets the nod over Itsnothingpersonal, which might reverse Down Royal form with Tearway Queen.

Penalised recent winners Curraghknock Glebe (up 10lb.) and He Rocks (8lb.) might struggle to cope with De Benno, third to Toon River at Fairyhouse last time, in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase.

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No War for israel in Iran Keep Americans Safe. – Video

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Mar 052015
 



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Attorneys in Freedom Industries bankruptcy: 'We just can't wait any longer'

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Feb 272015
 

Lawyers for Kanawha Valley residents and businesses pressed Thursday for some action to free up $3 million in Freedom Industries insurance money, a move they said they hope will help compensate victims of the January 2014 Elk River chemical leak and allow attorneys to begin pursuing other litigation over the leak.

About 20 lawyers representing various groups of leak victims said they want the companys insurance payment so that money can be split among their clients right away.

Nitro lawyer Harvey Peyton said he has clients who are small businesses that lost what to them were significant sums of money because of the Freedom leak and the resulting water crisis.

Weve wasted a year now, waiting for this to be resolved, Peyton said. We just cant wait any longer.

Peyton was among the lawyers who turned out for a court-sponsored meeting in which Charleston lawyer Jim Lane, a court-appointed claims manager in the Freedom bankruptcy, was trying to gather views from various parties to assist U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson in finding a way to resolve the bankruptcy proceeding.

With no clear plan for bringing the case to a close, Pearson set up but did not attend Thursdays meeting at the federal courthouse. Pearson has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to hear a report from Lane and consider proposals for a path forward.

In a memo distributed at Thursdays meeting, Lane noted that Freedom has about $1.5 million in the bank but owes lawyers and environmental services professionals $3.2 million for work performed since the company declared bankruptcy. Freedom also owes various vendors and other parties about $6 million in pre-bankruptcy bills and 3,800 claims filed against Freedom over the chemical leak total about $200 million, Lane said in the memo.

Charleston lawyer Bill DePaulo questioned when someone involved in the bankruptcy perhaps the appointed committee of Freedoms creditors would begin pursuing investigations and potential lawsuits to recover more money for the bankruptcy estate, perhaps from former corporate owners and managers, some of whom are now facing criminal charges.

If part of the judges question is how do we cut the pie, another question is how big is the pie? DePaulo said. We need to be aggressively pursuing assets.

So far, no legal actions on behalf of the bankruptcy estate or creditors have been take concerning potentially fraudulent transfers of Freedoms funds or against former company officials over their management of the Elk River chemical operation. Such actions have basically been frozen for months, with the courts informal approval, while officials focused on cleanup of the Freedom facility, located just upstream from the regional drinking-water intake. Criminal charges filed against at least one former Freedom official Gary Southern allege that Southern tried to cover up his role at the company to protect his personal wealth from the bankruptcy case and civil lawsuits filed over the chemical leak.

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California lawmakers demand swastikas be removed from house

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Feb 272015
 

Published February 26, 2015

Feb. 26, 2015: Robert Dixon, left, and Kraig Smith, demonstrate outside a home calling for removal of swastikas displayed on the home in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. State lawmakers on Thursday demanded that a California man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, calling the signs racist and vulgar but acknowledging the person had a right to free speech.

“It’s time to remove this disgusting display of racism from our community,” said state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, chairman of the Legislative Jewish Caucus.

The symbols desecrate the memory of 6 million Jews who died in concentration camps, he said.

On the front door of the Sacramento house is a depiction of the American flag with a swastika replacing the stars next to the stripes. Two Israeli flags show swastikas in place of the Star of David.

No one answered a knock on the door, where a note asked for privacy.

Police received a call Monday about the house in the middle-class River Park neighborhood, and a welfare check found there were no reportable crimes, Sacramento police spokesman Officer Justin Brown said.

“We haven’t received any other complaints,” he said.

On Thursday, Block was joined by lawmakers, veterans and labor leaders in calling for the homeowner to voluntarily remove the signs.

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"islands in the stream" Taiwan plane crash HOAX CRISIS ACTORS IN THE RIVER – Video

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Feb 152015
 



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HOW GRIZZLIES BEHAVE ON BEACHES – Video

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Feb 122015
 



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Arawak Bay The Inn at Salt River, Hotels in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, U.S. – Video

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Feb 082015
 



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Former spy chief says new terror measures jeopardise free speech

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Jan 312015
 

My instincts are very often in support of the Government on these sort of subjects, knowing that countering terrorism is not straightforward.

However, the doubts that I expressed about putting Prevent, whatever its importance, on a statutory footing, in particular with regard to universities, have not been assuaged by anything that I have heard.

Under Mrs Mays plans universities will have a statutory duty to prevent extremism taking place on their property.

The legislation includes powers to charge university vice-chancellors with contempt of court if they fail to enforce the guidance.

Lady Manningham-Buller said in the House of Lords it was a profound irony that ministers claimed to be protecting British values by barring views which fell short of criminal behaviour.

She appeared to refer to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris when she said democracy included the right to be offensive and insulting, and the Government measures risked being seen as double standards.

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven QC, the former director of public prosecutions, also opposed Mrs Mays legislation.

Universities are not places of surveillance and they cannot become so without fracturing what is best about them, he said.

As far as I can tell, no concern at all appears to be expressed in the legislation or in the guidance that what is being proposed is a form of institutionalised censorship with academics at its heart.

This legislation seeks to control not only violent extremism but also speech in universities even where that speech is not otherwise a crime.

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Thousand Islands Park Pavilion Flyover Frozen River – Video

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Jan 292015
 



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The best NSW beaches for kids

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Jan 242015
 

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They’re peppered along the Pacific: pretty pockets of green and gold.

Every family has a favourite but it’s our patriotic duty to discover the full bounty of beaches along the New South Wales coast.

Over Christmas, we did our Griswold/Modern Family motor-home trip from Sydney to Brisbane (which will be explored in greater detail in a story I’m writing entitled, “It’s a Miracle We’re Still Married”).

Here are our Top 5 Bonza Beaches:

Urunga

Yes, I know it sounds like an infection. But it’s actually a picturesque town, where the Bellinger and Kalang rivers meet the sea, south of Coffs Harbour. We arrived at the North Coast Holiday Park at sunset to a glorious view of the gilded sea. It was five minutes’ walk to the Ocean View Hotel, where they served swordfish caught that day. The following morning, I paddle-boarded on the river, while the kids climbed the casuarina trees. It was bliss.

Kids’ best bit: “The playground at the holiday park.”

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Fourth Freedom official released pending March trial

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Jan 122015
 

The fourth former Freedom Industries official indicted in connection with last Januarys chemical leak on the Elk River appeared in court Monday afternoon and was released on bond pending trial.

Charles E. Herzing, 63, of McMurray, Pennsylvania, was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond after he was arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane Tinsley in Charleston.

Herzing faces three misdemeanor counts of criminal Clean Water Act violations related to Freedoms Jan. 9, 2014, spill of MCHM and other chemicals that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in Charleston and surrounding communities. If convicted, he would face a maximum statutory sentence of three years in prison.

Not guilty, Herzing said during Mondays hearing when Tinsley asked for his plea on the charges against him.

Herzing was one of Freedoms owners prior to December 2013, and was the company vice president and a board member, according to court records.

Two other former Freedom officials — Dennis Farrell and William Tis — are also free on $10,000 unsecured bond. They face the same charges as Herzing.

Former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern is free on a $100,000 unsecured bond, He faces similar Clean Water Act charges, but also was indicted on 10 felony counts based on the allegation that Southern lied about his role at Freedom to protect his personal wealth from civil litigation and Freedoms bankruptcy proceeding. If convicted on all counts, Southern, 53, would face a statutory maximum of 68 years in prison.

The four Freedom officials were indicted last month by a federal grand jury following a lengthy investigation by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwins office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Wright had asked Tinsley last week to force Southern to post a secured bond to assure Southern doesnt flee prior to trial. Tinsley declined, ruling that Southern was not a flight risk.

During the time they were responsible corporate officers for Freedom, the officials allegedly approved funding only for projects that would result in increased business revenue for Freedom, or that were immediately necessary for required equipment maintenance, officials alleged. They allegedly failed to take action to fund other repair and upkeep projects for equipment and systems necessary for environmental compliance at Freedoms Elk River facility, including repairing a spill containment wall, addressing drainage problems in the containment area, and implementing proper water protection plans.

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Feds: Freedom knew about problems for years

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Jan 082015
 

Freedom Industries knew about serious problems with the spill-containment dikes at the companys Elk River facility years before the leak in January 2014 that contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of Kanawha Valley residents, federal authorities allege in newly unsealed documents.

Freedom was long aware of inadequacies with the containment dike around Tank 396 the one that leaked MCHM and other chemicals into the Elk on Jan. 9, 2014 and also knew the tank was old, had not been properly inspected and needed to be replaced, according to an FBI affidavit made public late Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

The containment area at the Etowah Facility within which Freedom stored MCHM was incapable of holding a significant chemical spill, wrote FBI Special Agent Jim Lafferty. There were numerous cracks in the dike wall. Moreover, at various spots along the dike wall, mortar had ended between and underneath the blocks, thus creating space through which liquid could leak.

Laffertys 26-page affidavit was filed in support of an application for a search warrant federal officials sought in September to obtain computer records, a laptop computer and paper financial records from Freedom as part of their ongoing investigation of the chemical leak. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert, in Huntington, approved the warrant on Sept. 12, 2014, and a copy of the warrant and Laffertys affidavit was unsealed Wednesday.

Late Thursday, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released a report that outlined similar findings regarding a long history of Freedom officials knowing about problems at the Elk River site, but not taking action to fix them.

The 49-page report said that among the most disturbing findings of the state investigation was that Freedom employees and outside consultants warned of a potential catstrophic incident due to poor tank conditions and design problems for years, and in some cases offered solutions that were never acted upon.

The new details from the FBI and from Morriseys office come as three of the six former Freedom Industries officials who have been charged with criminal violations concerning the leak and its aftermath were making court appearances.

In Charleston, former Freedom officials Dennis Farrell, William Tis and Gary Southern pleaded not guilty at arraignments before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane L. Tinsley.

The trio appeared in separate hearings held consecutively, and Tis gave Farrell a thumbs up sign as Tis walked from the front of the courtroom after entering his plea. Farrell, 58, of Charleston, and Tis, 60, of Verona, Pennsylvania, were released on $10,000 unsecured bail, and trial for all three men was tentatively scheduled for March 10.

Tinsley rejected a request by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Wright to force Southern to post a $500,000 secured bond to assure his appearance at trial. After initially being arrested at his home in Marco Island, Florida, based on a criminal complaint, Southern was released on $100,000 unsecured bail by a magistrate in nearby Fort Myers.

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