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The water quality in Sochi’s hotels has been making headlines lately, but that’s nothing compared to what thousands of Americans are experiencing after two recent chemical spills.

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UPDATE: We reported in the story below that Speaker of the House John Boehner received $5,000 in donations last year from Doug Simmons, the vice president of sales and marketing at Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the recent chemical leak in West Virginia. This reporting was based on a campaign finance filing that showed a $5,000 contribution from a Doug Simons, who listed his employer as Freedom Industries.

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Sixteen percent of West Virginia's population was stranded by the chemical spill. But just a decade ago, the number would have been far smaller.

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5.3 Billion Reasons Why Companies that Built Coal Plants Now Want to Tear Them Down

Meet the unlikely companies profiting off green opposition to coal

Meet the unlikely companies profiting off green opposition to coal

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Today marks the beginning of the biggest fight Obama faces to determine his climate change legacy. This morning, Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking at the National Press Club, proposed substantial limits on carbon dioxide for all new gas and coal-fired power plants.

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Peabody Energy's Coal Train Has Hauled Health-Care Benefits Away

A judge approves a whole new way to cheat U.S. workers

When I drove to southern West Virginia a few weeks ago to watch Senator Joe Manchin defend his role in pushing gun-control legislation, I was struck to find that at the first of two town hall meetings he held, at the high-ceilinged Wyoming County Courthouse in tiny Pineville, he got not a single critical question about the gun bill.

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The Incredible Disappearing Health Benefits

Can a coal company get away with breaking promises to workers?

Can a coal company get away with breaking its promises to workers?

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