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Freedom Industries President Speaks To Reporters - YouTube

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern gave an abbreviated news conference in Charleston on Friday in which he apologized for the chemical spill that has...

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Chemical Spill Leaves Thousands Without Water in West Virginia

Chemical Spill Leaves Thousands Without Water in West Virginia | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it
Nine counties in West Virginia were told not to drink the water after a chemical spill into the Elk River, which flows into the Kanawha River at Charleston.

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Merritt Frey's curator insight, January 10, 2014 9:27 AM

“West Virginians in the affected service areas are urged not to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing,” Gov. Tomblin said in declaring a state of emergency.

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State Of Emergency W Virginia Chemical Spill Elk River 300K No Water Forces Closures!!

Environmental Catastrophe The water supply for hundreds of thousands of people is contaminated after a chemical spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, Sou...
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No One’s Job: The Chemical Spill Along the Elk River, in West Virginia | The New Yorker

No One’s Job: The Chemical Spill Along the Elk River, in West Virginia | The New Yorker | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it

The Elk River rises in the broad valleys of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, over the mountains from Virginia’s Piedmont horse country, then spills into the narrow hollows of the counties of Webster, Braxton, and Clay on its way to join the Kanawha River, in Charleston. It snakes north of coalfields, through small towns built up during hardwood-timbering booms. Flanked by steep slopes, it runs in shadow for much of the day. Rhododendrons, which need shade, choke the narrow gorges of its tributaries. The Elk shares its narrow band of flatland with two-lane roads, train tracks, and tiny vacation shacks perched on the slope between the berm and the riverbank.

 

Last Thursday, an estimated seventy-five hundred gallons of crude MCMH, a chemical used to remove impurities from coal, ran into the Elk from a one-inch hole in a tank belonging to a company called Freedom Industries. The leak took place a mile and a half upstream from a major intake for West Virginia American Water, a private company that provides municipal water in parts of nine counties, including Charleston, the state capital. Since then, about three hundred thousand people have been under orders not to drink the water, cook with it, wash in it, or even use it do laundry. Some households have backup wells or springs, but most are relying on emergency water distribution from the National Guard and private groups. In the past day, officials have begun approving water use for some areas.

 

The spill was a reminder of the familiar dangers of the industrial economy that runs beneath the sleek surfaces of tech and finance industries in West Virginia. In 1985, a Union Carbide plant in Charleston’s so-called Chemical Valley leaked methylene chloride, sending more than a hundred people to the hospital. In 2010, twenty-nine miners died in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine, in Raleigh County. Mountaintop-removal mining has buried more than a thousand miles of stream headwaters and shattered hundreds of hills and mountains.

 

The Freedom Industries spill is another burst of industrial harm, another reminder that the consequences of risks often fall on the poor. But it is possible that, in the end, no one will be poisoned, no fish will be killed, and the injuries will be restricted to the wretched hassle, anxiety, and plain indignity of living without water for a week. This is possible because no one knows much of anything about how MCMH affects human health. It is no one’s job to know.

 

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A Second Chemical Was Part of West Virginia Chemical Spill, Company Reveals

A Second Chemical Was Part of West Virginia Chemical Spill, Company Reveals | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it
Freedom Industries revealed this week that the chemical spill in West Virginia on Jan. 9 contained an additional chemical, one that had not been disclosed before.

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WV: Elk River leak included another chemical | The Charleston Gazette

WV: Elk River leak included another chemical | The Charleston Gazette | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it

Federal and state investigators learned Tuesday that an additional chemical that wasn't previously identified was in the tank that leaked Jan. 9 at the Freedom Industries tank farm, just upstream from West Virginia American Water's regional drinking water intake.

 

The company told investigators that the Crude MCHM that leaked also contained a product called "PPH," according to state and federal officials.

 

State officials said late Tuesday that, after consulting with West Virginia American Water Co., they believe the water company's Elk River plant would likely have removed the chemical from drinking water during its normal treatment process. Additional testing of some of the original water samples from the first days after the incident is being conducted to confirm that, officials said.

 

"We have to go back and confirm things and make sure we're doing our due diligence for public health," said Gen. James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard, who has a team that's been heading water testing efforts following the leak.

 

Laura Jordan, spokeswoman for West Virginia American Water, said Tuesday night that the company "described in detail our water treatment process with state chemical experts, who ascertained that our current treatment process would likely have removed this chemical.

 

"We are also testing water samples collected last week to further confirm this and will share those results when available," Jordan said in an emailed statement.

 

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Lawyers Aim Bigger Than Freedom Industries in West Virginia Chemical Spill

Lawyers Aim Bigger Than Freedom Industries in West Virginia Chemical Spill | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it
Plaintiffs' lawyers in West Virginia are targeting Freedom Industries and American Water Works while considering action against Eastman Chemical

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Who Runs Freedom Industries? West Virginia's Chemical Spill Mystery

Who Runs Freedom Industries? West Virginia's Chemical Spill Mystery | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it
Following the chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without tap water, the mystery isn't how it happened—but who really runs Freedom Industries, the company responsible

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West Virginia American Water Company press release on chemical spill

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Company president tells different leak story than DEP

Company president tells different leak story than DEP | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it
Gary Southern, president of Freedom Industries, talked with media members Friday night for the first time since a leak at his company's Charleston storage facility.

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Massive Chemical Spill West Virginia 1-10-14 State of Emergency, Rush for Water

Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day's busines...
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West Virginia Water’s Secret Poison: Scientists Race to Identify What Gov. Is Not Testing

West Virginia Water’s Secret Poison: Scientists Race to Identify What Gov. Is Not Testing | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it
Independent scientists are racing Tuesday to identify what the government is not testing, a secret ingredient in the chemical that Freedom Industries leaked into water supplying of 300,000 people, Nalco’s “Crude MCHM’.

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Brittany Hunter's curator insight, January 24, 2014 12:07 AM

It's the government's responsibility to make sure that our water is cleanand not harmful to us. If something as simple as making sure we have clean water isn't being taken care of, what else is the government not doing?

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Over Easy: West Virginia Chemical Spill – Update and Questions

Over Easy: West Virginia Chemical Spill – Update and Questions | WV Water Crisis | Scoop.it
Who is Freedom Industries?- video, MSNBC
It started innocently enough. On the morning of January 9, 2014, area residents noticed an odor, and complained.

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