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Company behind spill owes $4 million

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The embattled company behind West Virginia's chemical spill has reached a bankruptcy court deal for up to $4 million in credit from a lender to help continue operations.

Freedom Industries attorney Mark Freelander says the arrangement reached Tuesday would allow the company to continue paying its employees and top vendors and also provide funds to cover environmental cleanup from the spill in the Elk River.

In bankruptcy court testimony, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern called the 12 days since the company's Jan. 9 chemical spill "completely chaotic."

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

Southern had said the company spent $800,000 last week to remedy environmental damage from the spill.

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