West Virginia’s Chemical Spill

Elk River, West Virginia; where chemical spill took place. Photo by kanawhavalleyparent.com

Elk River, West Virginia; site of chemical spill. (Photo by kanawhavalleyparent.com)

 

A West Virginia public health official on whether the state’s tap water is safe to drink after last month’s chemical spill said:

Everybody has a different definition of ‘safe.’

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From Sierra Club:

On January 9, Freedom Industries, a largely unregulated chemical-storage company for Big Coal, spilled thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Elk River and poisoned the water for 300,000 people. Hundreds of residents have flooded emergency rooms and thousands more were forced to wait in frigid temperatures for emergency bottled water.

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