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    Thousands warned not to drink water after W. Va. spill

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...eston/4407433/

    State, feds declare a state of emergency as out-of-state water is trucked in.

    West Virginia National Guard troops distributed bottled water trucked in from Maryland Friday after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston contaminated the public water supply for as many as 300,000 people in nine counties.

    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin urged water customers in the southwest counties of Kanawha, Putnam, Jackson, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Roane and Boone counties, as well as customers in the area of Culloden in Cabell County, to stop using water for everything but flushing toilets and fighting fires.

    "Do not drink it. Do not cook with it. Do not wash clothes in it. Do not take a bath in it," Tomblin warned. "For safety, we would ask everyone -- this includes restaurants, hospitals, any institutions out there -- please do not use any tap water if you're a customer of West Virginia American Water."..........

    As a licorice-like smell enveloped the capital, stores, restaurants schools and even the state legislature shut down.

    Schools were also closed in five counties.

    The emergency triggered a run on stores selling bottled water, including a Sam's Club that sold its 4,200 cases of water in an hour and a half, The Charleston Daily Mail reported. Store employees said they were unable to find any more water at stores in a 20-mile radius.

    The sheriff's office in Kanawha county reported receiving about a dozen 911 calls after scuffles broke out over rapidly dwindling supplies. the Gazette reported. Police were asked to step up patrols around convenience stores.

    More at link......


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

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    Wow! That has to be some serious type of chemical! I can't imagine not having water at all. Where I live, I could at least melt snow and boil it.

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    From the link:

    Late Friday, West Virginia regulators ordered Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the leak, to cease operations until recovers the chemical from the river and tests storage tanks and containment structures for reliability.

    It's unclear how much of the chemical, 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), was spilled and how much of a hazard it poses.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    Obama sends disaster aid to West Virginia

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/theova...&dlvrit=384245

    "The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of West Virginia and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts," said an administration statement on Friday morning.

    Under the order, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency will coordinate efforts with local officials......

    "The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster, and the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the nine affected counties.......more.......


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    "Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin urged affected West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha, Putnam, Jackson, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Roane and Boone counties, as well as customers in the area of Culloden in Cabell County, to stop using water for everything other than flushing toilets and fire suppression.

    "Do not drink it. Do not cook with it. Do not wash clothes in it. Do not take a bath in it," Tomblin said. "For safety, we would ask everyone -- this includes restaurants, hospitals, any institutions out there -- please do not use any tap water if you're a customer of West Virginia American Water."

    http://www.charlestondailymail.com/N...s/201401090067

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    "Officials are not sure what threat the chemical spill poses to humans. Jimmy Glanato, director of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said the chemical — a coal-refining agent called MCHM — isn't lethal.

    However, according to the Toxicology Data Network, high exposures to the chemical can cause death.

    What is MCHM? 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM, is a compound used to wash coal of impurities. It is known to pose a significant danger to humans in close contact. Short-term exposure can affect breathing, irritate the skin and eyes and cause skin rashes, and inhalation of the compound can damage vital organs and even prove fatal.

    Crude MCHM, used in the coal refining and preparation process, leaked from a tank owned by Freedom Industries — a producer of chemicals for the mining, steel and cement industries — and overran a containment area on Thursday. Freedom Industries did not immediately respond for comment but said it would issue a statement later Friday on the spill.

    West Virginia American Water has a treatment plant nearby. The company’s president, Jeff McIntyre, said the advisory affects up to 100,000 customers, or about 300,000 people."

    http://america.aljazeera.com/article...tvirginia.html

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    how terrifying for people in the area

    and wild animals! they're at an alarming risk as well

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    "Tap water may be out for days after W.Va. chemical spill"

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/11...hemical-spill/

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    Scary news. Those in West Va. Please use bottled water until you get an ok otherwise.

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    'We're not done!': Reporter corners arrogant CEO as he tries to avoid questions over chemical spillage that's left 300,000 people without water...while he brazenly drinks BOTTLED water on camera"

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...er-camera.html

    I like this reporter, Kallie Cart....good for her. (This CEO is a real jacka$$, IMO)


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    "West Virginia chemical spill: Gov says tests are 'encouraging,' gives no timetable for water use"

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/13...hemical-spill/

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-Virginia.html

    "Erin Brockovich heads to West Virginia in quest for answers over chemical spill that has left 300,000 without water"

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    "Hope flows as West Virginia water showing signs of improvement after chemical spill"

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014...cal-spill?lite

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    "West Virginia lifts the ban on tap water after chemical spill as it emerges company with leak 'flew under the radar' for 20 years"

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2qM653Y80

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    "West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation"

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/13/us/wes...html?hpt=hp_t2

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