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.