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Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the Jan. 9 chemical leak that left 300,000 people in Southern West Virginia unable to use their tap water for several days, announced Feb. 21 it is "shifting its sales and service support to other providers, exhausting its existing inventories and pledging to assist displaced employees."

The announcement came from Gary Southern, president of Freedom Industries, and went on to say the move was "in an effort to maximize resources for its top priority of environmental clean-up," at its Elk River facility where the Jan. 9 leak occurred.

Southern said the strategy "represents Freedom's best opportunity to generate funds it needs for our environmental remediation efforts."

The company filed for bankruptcy Jan. 17.

Southern said the company's moves will provide "clarity for Freedom's customers with whom Freedom will work diligently to assist in transitioning to alternate sources of supply."

"Freedom is committed to continuing to assess its strategic options going forward, taking into account what is best for the state of West Virginia, the people and businesses who call it home, our customers and creditors and all others affected by the case," Southern said in the announcement.