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Freedom Industries Reaches Deal on Spill Cleanup

Dave Mistich
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The company behind a massive chemical spill last year has reached a $2.5 million deal with regulators for cleaning up its contaminated site.

The Charleston Gazette reports Freedom Industries released the plan in a filing Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston.

It says Freedom parent company Chemstream Holdings would add $1.1 million to clean the Charleston spill site.

Freedom would contribute $1.4 million.

Previously, Freedom proposed $150,000 for additional cleanup, which a judge rejected.

The January 2014 spill spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman told the Gazette he thinks $2.5 million will be more than adequate. He said there's no exact estimate yet on cleanup costs.

The agreement says Freedom can't sue Chemstream for the spill or cleanup.

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