W.Va. chemical spill firm winding down operations

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 4:03 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill into the water supply is selling the rest of its chemicals, helping employees find new jobs and winding down operations.

Saying the company's problems exceed its small size, attorney Mark Freedlander announced Freedom Industries' plans in federal bankruptcy court Friday. The company won't use up to $4 million the court had permitted Freedom to borrow to keep running.

Freedom's plan until March 18 is to sell all its chemicals and collect on payments it's owed to pay for environmental remediation. Freedlander says the costs haven't been determined. Freedom has to dismantle its tanks in Charleston starting March 15.

The company's Jan. 9 spill contaminated the water for 300,000 people for days.

Lawsuits against Freedom by businesses and individuals remain on hold during bankruptcy proceedings.

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