Chemical Spill In West Virginia Creates Drinking Water Shortage

Crisis In West Virginia: Wal-Mart Calls In Police To Guard Bottled Water Delivery

By Emily Atkin on January 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm

The Federal Emergency Management Authority has confirmed that it will deliver more than 1 million liters (264,172 gallons) of clean water to residents of the nine counties in West Virginia after a chemical used by the coal industry spilled into the Elk River on Thursday.

Approximately 300,000 people in West Virginia were told not to drink or use their water after approximately 5,000 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) — a chemical used to wash coal of impurities — spilled from a tank owned by Freedom Industries.


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