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W.Va. spill that contaminated water draws lawsuits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- At least half a dozen lawsuits have been filed over a chemical spill in West Virginia that contaminated water supplies.

The Kanawha County Circuit Clerk's Office reports that two lawsuits were filed Friday against Freedom Industries. Four others named Freedom Industries and West Virginia American Water as defendants.

The plaintiffs include several Charleston restaurants and two individuals.

West Virginia American Water spokesman Laura Jordan says the company is aware of the lawsuits but has no comment.

Freedom Industries didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered water customers not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water after the chemical leaked from a Freedom Industries operation into the Elk River on Thursday.