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Up to $4M loan approved for WVa chemical spill co.

11:56 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
Workers pump 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process, out of a 48,000-gallon tank at Freedom Industries, a chemical storage facility, in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Attorneys for the company behind West Virginia's chemical spill said in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday that they've secured a deal for up to $4 million in credit to continue operations.

Mark Freelander, an attorney for Freedom, released key details. He said the arrangement reached after an hours-long court hearing would allow Freedom Industries to continue paying its employees and top vendors and also provide funds to cover for environmental cleanup from a Jan. 9 chemical spill in the Elk River.

The spill contaminated water supplies for some 300,000 people in West Virginia.

The agreement with a lender comes after Freedom Industries President Gary Southern said earlier Tuesday that the company had already paid about $800,000 last week to remediate environmental damage from the spill.

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