On January 9th there was a chemical leak in West Virginia. MCHM, or 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, spilled into the Elk River which prompted West Virginia to ban the use of tap water for 300,000 people in the Charleston area. The chemical leak consisted of approximately 10,000 gallons.
West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection is unsure how much of the chemical actually spilled into the river. To be on the safe side, residents were forced to stop using water for as long as 10 days in some places except for flushing the toilet.
Early Ray Tomblin, the West Virginia Governor, ordered Freedom Industries, the company in charge, to remove all of its above-ground storage tanks. We hope the issue is soon resolved so that the affected residents can use tap water without needing to fear for their health.
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