Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

February 11, 2015 by  
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In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of  4-methylcyclohexanemethanol  (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure to MCHM, which is used in coal processing, can cause skin damage, headaches, and difficulty breathing. For weeks, residents in all or parts of nine counties lacked access to potable water, forcing them to  rely on bottled water  for everything from drinking and cooking to bathing. The spill eventually led Freedom Industries to declare bankruptcy. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the catastrophe, it’s worth reflecting upon what we’ve learned and how we can prevent another disaster in the future. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , chemical spill , chemical spills , chemicals , drinking water , fraud , Freedom Industries , Freedom Industries chemical spill , Gary Southern , gulf of mexico , Gulf of Mexico Spill , lessons from the chemical spill , lessons to learn , oil spill , oil spills , safe drinking water , safeguards , trusting safeguards , water catastrophes , water issues , west virginia , West Virginia Chemical Spill

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