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8 days later and 1/6 of the entire population of WV is not able to drink the water.


If ever there was an example of why we prep, this is it! 

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It is amazing the difference in news coverage around the nation. I heard about this leak in WV the day after it happened and haven't heard anything since. What I have been hearing is the news about Christie on the radio and the television since it happened.

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The 'Powers that Be" have stated that residents affected by chemical contamination can drink the water now, but many citizens say they are becoming ill from the water.

West Virginia authorities completely lifted a 10-day-old ban on the use of tap water over the weekend that was imposed after a chemical spill contaminated drinking water. The final 2 percent of the 300,000 customers affected by the spill are cleared to drink and wash from their tap, said West Virginia American Water spokeswoman Laura Jordan. Despite the lifting of the ban, dozens of people continue to seek medical attention at hospitals around Charleston for contamination-related illnesses and rashes.

At least 100 people entered hospitals for illness within the past two days. About 1,600 people have also called poison control to complain about symptoms, the most common of which appear to be red, itchy skin and upset stomachs.

The CDC relied on two studies of the chemical's effect on animals to establish the safe standard of 1 part per million, but data from those studies is not publicly available.

MCHM is one of tens of thousands of chemicals exempt from testing under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act because they were already in use when the law was approved in 1976.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/19/3183631/chemical-related-hospital-admissions-west-virginia-doubled-water-deemed-safe/


And what were they thinking??
West Virginia water relief trucks filled with contaminated water.
West Virginia American Water pulled its bulk water tankers out of service in Kanawha County Thursday evening, after complaints that the water being distributed to residents had the same odor as the chemical-tainted water from last week's Freedom Industries spill into the Elk River. ... Water company spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the tankers had been filled near the plant after zero levels of the chemical "Crude MCHM" were recorded. "But to avoid any concerns," she said, "just to reassure our customers, we're filling up the tankers from another system."

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And what were they thinking??
West Virginia water relief trucks filled with contaminated water.


One word instantly popped into mind.... "incompetence."

Is it not common sense to think that the spill did not uniformly pollute all the water in the river?  There would be times of higher and lower concentrations depending on many factors.  Then the treatment plant would be sucking in various levels, sending them through the different phases of treatment.  Obviously nothing done at the plant removed this chemical, it was merely shuffled along in whatever concentration, filling pipes in the huge distribution system.

So, would one not expect fluctuating levels of chemical to continue even as overall levels of chemical dropped?  Perhaps as soon as a reading or two went low enough, the all clear was given, then either the levels went back up, or there was older water in the pipes?  Who knows, if that tank had been oozing into the soil for some time, chemical may continue to seep into the river for some time, at various concentrations.

Oh, and I'm sure it was cheaper not to buy and haul water from a far away town.  Not that money is ever a factor.

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A second toxic chemical may also have contaminated West Virginia's Elk River during the chemical spill earlier this month that left more than 300,000 people without drinking water.

Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill, raised the ire of federal and state officials with the surprise disclosure Wednesday that about 300 gallons of a chemical known as PPH also were in the tank that ruptured and leaked Jan. 9, spilling a coal-cleaning chemical known as Crude MCHM into the river.

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/surprise-disclosure-another-toxic-chemical-spilled-wv-river-20140123

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A second toxic chemical may also have contaminated West Virginia's Elk River during the chemical spill earlier this month that left more than 300,000 people without drinking water.

Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill, raised the ire of federal and state officials with the surprise disclosure Wednesday that about 300 gallons of a chemical known as PPH also were in the tank that ruptured and leaked Jan. 9, spilling a coal-cleaning chemical known as Crude MCHM into the river.

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/surprise-disclosure-another-toxic-chemical-spilled-wv-river-20140123

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Here is a good commentary to read regarding the 2nd chemical, and how the company played (or did not play) it to the public.

http://wvmetronews.com/2014/01/23/freedom-industries-fumbles-again/

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West Virginia official says residents are breathing cancer-causing agent after chemical spill

A West Virginia state official told legislators on Wednesday that he “can guarantee” some residents are breathing in a cancer-causing substance due to the chemical spill that occurred earlier in January.

In a recent meeting with a state legislative committee on water resources, Scott Simonton of the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board said that his tests have detected formaldehyde in water samples contaminated by the recent Elk River chemical spill.

"I can guarantee that citizens in this valley are, at least in some instances, breathing formaldehyde," Simonton said, according to the Associated Press. "They're taking a hot shower. This stuff is breaking down into formaldehyde in the shower or in the water system, and they're inhaling it."

http://rt.com/usa/west-virginia-chemical-cancer-373/

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Re: 8 West Virginian counties under state of emergency following chemical spill
« Reply #67 on: February 02, 2014, 05:08:56 PM »
And yet another spill from this companies tanks today
Weeks after spilling about 10,000 gallons of chemicals into West Virginia's Elk River, chemical maker Freedom Industries reported another toxic leak Thursday at their facility in Charleston. Yet none of the material has reached the river, officials said. http://rt.com/usa/west-virginia-second-chemical-spill-500/

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Re: 8 West Virginian counties under state of emergency following chemical spill
« Reply #68 on: February 06, 2014, 09:51:39 AM »
Five schools in West Virginia are closed today over water concerns. One teacher & student hospitalized.

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Re: 8 West Virginian counties under state of emergency following chemical spill
« Reply #69 on: February 07, 2014, 09:43:38 AM »
An elementary and high school located about 15 miles downstream from the January spill closed early Wednesday and stayed closed Thursday because of renewed complaints about the licorice smell, said Liza Cordeiro, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education. The complaints came as the schools were trying to flush their water lines to get rid of discolored water after a main broke nearby, she said.

One high school student went to a hospital after complaining of burning eyes, and a teacher there was taken to the hospital after fainting, Cordeiro said. School administrators dismissed the students soon after 9 a.m., she said.


Meanwhile, a grade school in Charleston was closed early Thursday after the licorice smell came out of a dishwasher, the Kanawha County School District reported. Two other schools were closed as well, the district said.

Jordan said some smell and discoloration can be expected as water lines are flushed out. But she added, "It doesn't mean there is any health risk involved."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/us/west-virginia-chemical-spill/index.html?hpt=us_c2
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/wva-official-patients-told-drink-water-22378141

http://www.wvgazette.com/home/closings

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Re: 8 West Virginian counties under state of emergency following chemical spill
« Reply #70 on: February 07, 2014, 12:57:20 PM »
Yeah... "Just because your water smells the same way it did back when it was unsafe doesn't mean there's any health risk involved."  ::)

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Re: 8 West Virginian counties under state of emergency following chemical spill
« Reply #71 on: February 11, 2014, 08:48:10 AM »
West Virginians still don’t trust their water, a month after spill
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/10/chemical-leak-westvirginiaonemonthonfreedomindustries.html

West Virginia officials avoid calling state’s water safe
In congressional field hearing, politicians say that while water is officially drinkable, significant questions remain
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/10/chemical-hearingwestvirginia.html

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Re: 8 West Virginian counties under state of emergency following chemical spill
« Reply #72 on: February 11, 2014, 10:24:40 PM »
Are you KIDDING ME?!?!?!?! Chemicals again spill into West Virginia water. This is the third spill!!!

A coal preparation facility breached Tuesday, sending over 100,000 gallons of coal liquid waste leaked from a West Virginia coal preparation facility and into the nearby water supply, officials have announced. The coal slurry began seeping out of the plant at approximately midnight Monday night and continued doing so until 5:30 am the next morning. It is thought to contain crude MCHM, the same coal-cleaning chemical that leaked into the water supply after the Freedom Industries plant. Emergency responders told local media outlets that the company only reported the spill after 7:00 am. West Virginia American Water, the company responsible for the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant, issued a statement Tuesday saying that the leak is not expected to impact the public water supply.
http://rt.com/usa/wvirginia-chemical-spill-again-water-617/
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-west-virginia-water-20140211,0,6257083.story
http://www.msnbc.com/all/another-chemical-spill-west-virginia

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I was curious on the followup if any on this water incident...

The complexities and implications of the chemical spill into West Virginia‘s Elk River keep growing, according to a new study. The lack of data motivated researchers to take on essential odor-related research that went beyond their National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant to better understand the properties of the chemical mixture called crude 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, the major component in the crude mix of the spilled chemicals into the Elk River. It is used in the separation and cleaning of coal products.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140326092040.htm

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/dont-drink-the-water-west-virginia-after-the-chemical-spill-20140312

http://wvpublic.org/term/elk-river-chemical-spill

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It still floors me that my state's capital was impacted so severely from this.  I realize we are not a major metro area, but it is the biggest poplulation density in the state.   To have no backup or alternative water source seems ill planned (putting it as mildly as I can).

I just spent 5 of the last 7 days bouncing from one river to another all over this state trout fishing.   If there is one thing we are not lacking is fresh cool clear water.

We need to do better!