Judge tentatively approves lawsuit in WV chemical spill that left 300,000 people without tap water

Location of the Freedom Industries chemical storage tank leak that occurred in January, 2014, in Charleston, W.Va.
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CHARLESTON, WV - A federal judge has tentatively approved a revised settlement to a class-action lawsuit over a West Virginia chemical spill that left up to 300,000 people without tap water for up to nine days.

U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver on Thursday scheduled a final hearing Jan. 9. The deadline for claims submissions is Feb. 21, 2018.

In January 2014, a tank at now-defunct Freedom Industries in Charleston leaked thousands of gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals that got into West Virginia American Water's treatment plant 1.5 miles downstream.

Copenhaver previously raised concerns about terms of an earlier negotiated $151 million settlement with West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical.

The amended plan would raise payments for a simple household claim from $525 to $550, and allow $180 for each additional household resident.

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