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Brockovich Says Criminal Charges Should Be Pursued For Those Responsible For Chemical Spill

Reported: Jan. 26, 2014 3:26 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 26, 2014 12:28 PM EST
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Heath Harrison) -- Environmental activist Erin Brockovich says those responsible for the chemical spill that caused the West Virginia water crisis should face criminal charges.

Appearing on this weekend's episode of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Brockovich discussed water quality issues and the situation in West Virginia.

Maher pointed out such prosecutions for environmental disasters were rare.

"When was the last time somebody ever went to jail for something like that?" Maher asked.

"They should," Brockovich replied. "It's a crime."

Brockovich said the spill of 7,500 gallons of crude 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) at Freedom Industries' Elk River facility was no different than someone poisoning a spouse over time with arsenic.

"When they get caught, they go to jail, right?" Brockovich said. "You assault somebody out on the street, you go to jail. When you put poisons in our water, shut down a municipality and poison hundreds of thousands of people, that’s an assault. I say you go to jail.”

Brockovich mentioned that she would be returning to West Virginia on Tuesday, where her team is currently investigating the spill.

She will be a panelist in WCHS' “Your Voice, Your Future” town hall meeting on the water crisis, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clay Center in Charleston.



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