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Federal judge to consider final approval for West Virginia water crisis settlement

A federal judge will consider a final approval for the West Virginia water crisis settlement in a hearing on the anniversary of the spill. (WCHS/WVAH)

A federal judge will consider a final approval for the West Virginia water crisis settlement in a hearing on the anniversary of the spill.

Tuesday marks four years since crude MCHM spilled into the Elk River from Freedom Industries in Charleston. More than 2,000 West Virginians lost access to tap water.

In a civil suit against West Virginia American Water lawyers have said the company could have prevented or avoided the loss of usable water by taking better precautions and complying with regulations.

On Tuesday, Judge John Copenhaver will consider a final approval of the water crisis settlement in a class action lawsuit that has seen more than 48,000 claims filed so far.

There will also be a water crisis claims workshop on Tuesday at Grace Bible Church in Charleston that runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Representatives will be on hand to help people fill out claims.

The final deadline to file a claim is February 21. To apply, go to waterclaims.com, pick a category that fits you, fill out a form and turn in the claim.

As part of the proposed settlement, homeowners and renters will get $550 each plus $180 for each additional person in the household. Women who were pregnant by Jan. 9, 2014, will get $1,500. Medical claims can be paid with evidence of harm and businesses can recover their losses during the crisis.

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