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Eastman Chemical sued over West Virginia chemical spill

January 16th, 2014 9:11 am by Knoxville News-Sentinel

Eastman Chemical sued over West Virginia chemical spill

Eastman Chemical offices in Kingsport (Times-News photo)


Legal fallout from the accidental chemical spill that affected the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians has landed at the doorstep of Kingsport-based Eastman Chemical Co.

Eastman, a specialty chemicals manufacturer, is among the defendants named in a suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston, W. Va., according to published reports.

The publicly traded company makes 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM, the chemical that leaked into the Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., last week. MCHM is used in coal processing

The spill came from a storage tank at a Freedom Industries, which is also a defendant in the lawsuit.


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