Federal judge reviews $151 million chemical spill settlement

A revised class-action settlement plan has been filed in federal court to pay victims of the January 2014 water crisis that left residents and businesses in the greater Charleston area without tap water for up to nine days



CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A revised class-action settlement plan is back before a federal judge deciding how to pay victims of a chemical spill that left people without tap water for up to 9 days.

The drinking water of about 300,000 people in the greater Charleston area was contaminated in January 2014 when a chemical used to clean coal spilled from a storage tank at the now-defunct Freedom Industries, polluting the Elk River upstream from the system’s water intake.

Judge John Copenhaver raised concerns about previous terms of the negotiated $151 million settlement with West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical. This amended plan replaces tiered and fixed amounts with percentages and cost-based factors for businesses and medical claims.

It would raise payment for a simple household claim from $525 to $550.

First Published August 29, 2017 12:00 AM

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