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Another Lawsuit Comes From Chemical Spill

Dave Mistich
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As two last executives are expected to plead guilty this week in a massive chemical spill, statements by one of them are fueling another lawsuit.

A deposition by ex-Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell says Eastman Chemical never told him its chemical could corrode tanks.

Farrell said he called to warn West Virginia American Water to close its water pump before chemicals entered the plant. The company didn't.

A lawsuit by businesses and residents who lacked clean water from the spill cites the comments.

The January 2014 spill from an old Freedom tank in Charleston spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

The water company disputes Farrell's deposition. Eastman doesn't think the chemical corroded the tank.

Farrell and ex-Freedom President Gary Southern have guilty plea hearings this week.

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