Dave Mistich Published

Deadline Approaches for Claims in W.Va. Chemical Spill



Time is running out for residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston to file claims in federal bankruptcy court.

Claims against Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill, must be filed by Friday. Forms can be obtained and completed on the court’s website.

According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston, roughly 850 claims were on the register as of Wednesday morning. The total amount listed for those claims is more than $21 million.

Business losses must be accompanied by documentation, but residents don’t need documentation for personal damage.

The Jan. 9 spill at Freedom’s plant along the Elk River caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

Dozens of individuals and businesses have sued Freedom, but those legal cases were frozen when the company filed for bankruptcy protection eight days after the spill. 

Legal observers do not believe there will be much money left in Freedom for claims after the bankruptcy proceedings.