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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Environmental
Polluting or despoiling contrary to law

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in chronological order

  James D. Brackenrich (b. 1936) — also known as J. D. Brackenrich — of Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, W.Va. Born in Greenbrier County, W.Va., January 23, 1936. Democrat. Engineer; surveyor; member of West Virginia state senate 11th District, 1987-93; resigned 1993. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; National Rifle Association. Pleaded guilty on May 1, 1996 to a misdemeanor charge of filling wetlands without a Clean Water Act permit. Still living as of 1996.
  Relatives: Son of James Brackenrich and Helen Brackenrich; married 1958 to Patricia Griffith.
  William Lee Slocum, Jr. (born c.1948) — also known as Billy Slocum; "Sludge King" — of Youngsville, Warren County, Pa. Born in Venango County, Pa., about 1948. Republican. Member of Pennsylvania state senate 25th District, 1997-2000; resigned 2000. Pleaded guilty on January 18, 2000, to federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act between 1983 and 1995, when he operated the Youngsville Sewage Treatment Plant and allowed repeated discharges of raw sewage and sewage sludge into Brokenstraw Creek. Sentenced to one month in jail, five months of home detention, and fined $15,000. Still living as of 2000.
  Donald L. Blankenship (b. 1950) — also known as Don Blankenship — of Sprigg, Mingo County, W.Va. Born in Stopover, Pike County, Ky., March 14, 1950. Accountant; coal mining executive; chairman and CEO of Massey Energy, 2000-10; in April 2010, an explosion at the company's Upper Big Branch coal mine killed 29 miners; convicted on a charge of conspiring to violate mine safety standards; served one year in prison; Constitution candidate for President of the United States, 2020. Still living as of 2020.
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