Eastman Chemical

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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.

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A federal judge is being asked to make public hundreds of pages of documents in a lawsuit against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill.

The Charleston Gazette reports a lawyer for residents on Thursday asked U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver to unseal the documents in order to help the public understand events leading up to the January 2014 spill.

Elk River
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A judge is letting a lawsuit continue against a utility and a chemical producer over a chemical spill that sullied 300,000 people's tap water.

In Charleston federal court Wednesday, Judge John Copenhaver denied most dismissal motions by Eastman Chemical, West Virginia American Water and its parent company, American Water Works.

The judge tossed or partially dismissed a few counts.

  A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won't get a hearing for another year.

The consolidated lawsuit that targets West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical, Yeager Airport and others has a hearing for a motion on class certification on Sept. 25, 2015.

Judge John Copenhaver filed the schedule earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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An airport and a chemical producer want claims dismissed in a lawsuit partly targeting them over a January chemical spill.

In U.S. District Court in Charleston, Yeager Airport filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss claims in the wide-spanning lawsuit. Plaintiffs say the Charleston airport's now-complete runway project contributed to the spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

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  A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated. But the researcher behind the study cautions there are differences between his tests and earlier studies.

University of South Alabama researcher Dr. Andrew Whelton released the findings Thursday from crude MCHM toxicity tests on freshwater fleas.