West Virginia Water Crisis

Number 26761
Subject Environment
Source Charleston Gazette
State West Virginia
Year 2014
Publication Date Various dates in 2014
Summary On Jan. 9, 2014, a chemical tank at Freedom Industries leaked on the Elk River, just north of the drinking water intake that serves 300,000 people in Charleston, the West Virginia state capital, and surrounding communities. Residents and businesses were ordered not to drink, bathe in or cook with tap water, a warning that remained in place for up to a week. Stories examined the lack of environmental enforcement, inadequate information about the toxic chemicals involved, and poorly planned water quality sampling that was used to decide when the water was again safe to use.
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Keywords chemical; water; spill; environment; drinking water; health;
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