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Eastman Chemical Faces Federal Suit Over Charleston Spill

Eastman Chemical Co., maker of the chemical that fouled the Elk River after leaking from a Freedom Industries Inc. storage tank, was sued by West Virginia businesses and residents who allege the company concealed cancer-causing elements.

Safety data sheets issued by Kingsport, Tennessee-based Eastman for the coal-processing chemical hid scientific information on the risks of its carcinogenic and toxic components, according to the filing Jan. 13 in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia. The Jan. 9 spill forced local businesses to shut down, sent people to hospitals and deprived nine counties of tap water for several days.