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Freedom industries signs Elk River cleanup deal

Freedom was responsible for a 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River that polluted water for 300,000 people



CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Freedom Industries and state regulators have signed an agreement for a cleanup of the site of a 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River.

The cleanup will be done through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Remediation Program.

The voluntary remediation agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit reports and work plans to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The company’s first deadline is April 20, when it must submit a report on an initial site investigation and interim measures.

A work plan for a human health and ecological risk assessment is due in the third quarter of 2015.

The January 2014 spill at a storage site in Charleston spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

Charleston, W. Va.-based Freedom Industries makes mining and water treatment products.

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