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Freedom consultants, W.Va. DEP to outline chemical spill cleanup plan next week

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The public will learn next week about plans to clean up a chemical storage site on the Elk River that was the source of a public water crisis in West Virginia.

The Tuesday meeting in Charleston will include consultants from Freedom Industries and officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection. They'll explain plans under the department's voluntary industrial remediation program.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1FKGSet) reports that the meeting comes amid a deadline for Freedom to reach agreement with the state on the next step in the cleanup. The company also has to explain its plan for completing its bankruptcy case, resolving millions of dollars in claims.

The January 2014 chemical spill spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

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