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    West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency declared

    West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency declared - U.S. News

    A chemical spill into a West Virginia river has led to a tap water ban for up to 300,000 people, shut down bars and restaurants and led to a run on bottled water in some stores as people looked to stock up.

    The federal government joined West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in declaring a disaster as the West Virginia National Guard arranged to dispense bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the counties hit by the chemical spill into the Elk River.

    Federal authorities are also opening an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the leak of as many of 5,000 gallons of chemicals and what triggered it, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Friday.

    The advisory was expanded at night to nine counties and includes West Virginia American Water customers in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties.

    It followed a notice from the West Virginia American Water Company that its water supply had become contaminated, sending a strange licorice-like smell wafting through the surrounding streets.

    The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources told NBC affiliate WSAZ symptoms include: severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

    Thank god the EPA's budget got slashed 34% for 2014 otherwise situations like this may have gotten caught before it was a problem. Now we have more reality TV for the news cycle.

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    My thoughts are with these people. I hope they get through this is alright.
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

    Quote Originally Posted by Swit View Post
    Thank god the EPA's budget got slashed 34% for 2014 otherwise situations like this may have gotten caught before it was a problem. Now we have more reality TV for the news cycle.
    The EPA with that former budget stopped all problem from occurring?

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

    This is what happens when a single industry has a stranglehold on local government. I can't think of a single state dominated by any industry more than West Virginia is by big coal.

    It's so damn sad, I love the area and I have family that lives there, and Appalachia is one of the most beautiful environments in the United States. Whenever I visit you can tell that local residents know that Big Coal doesn't have them or their environments interests at their hearts but they are so reliant on coal mining they simply look the other way.

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

    Can you imagine people trying to water livestock? Dairy cattle?

    I hope that they can recoup ALL the costs...and reimburse private people as well...from the company that did this.
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    Can you imagine people trying to water livestock? Dairy cattle?

    I hope that they can recoup ALL the costs...and reimburse private people as well...from the company that did this.
    The company most likely will declare bankruptcy and open up under new management within a few months
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

    Quote Originally Posted by Swit View Post
    Thank god the EPA's budget got slashed 34% for 2014 otherwise situations like this may have gotten caught before it was a problem. Now we have more reality TV for the news cycle.
    Nonsense. I suppose the EPA is clairvoyant, right?
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill cuts water to up to 300,000, state of emergency decl

    Quote Originally Posted by AClockworkGrape View Post
    This is what happens when a single industry has a stranglehold on local government. I can't think of a single state dominated by any industry more than West Virginia is by big coal.

    It's so damn sad, I love the area and I have family that lives there, and Appalachia is one of the most beautiful environments in the United States. Whenever I visit you can tell that local residents know that Big Coal doesn't have them or their environments interests at their hearts but they are so reliant on coal mining they simply look the other way.
    Yes, it is remarkable that a State and its people would want to fully benefit from a natural resource they have within their borders. Perhaps it would be better to close down the mines and all ancillary industry/business and put the entire State of West Virginia on the dole.
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