Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chemical spill approaches Evansville

As of yesterday I'm devoting more time at work covering the leak in the Elk River that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people -- about one-sixth the population of West Virginia.

Yesterday I did four news articles:

A federal lawsuit filed against the company that operated the tank farm, the company that manufactured the chemical and the water company.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention talks about how you determine a safety level for a chemical on which you have practically no information.

How three U.S. Senators are preparing legislation for closer regulation of tank farms.

And how one coal company uses this chemical to wash coal, and how it describes the likelihood of the chemical entering the watershed.

As of today, the plume has drifted down the Elk and Kanawha rivers to the Ohio. It's passed Cincinnati and Louisville and is approaching Evansville.

For those who are interested, water service has been restored to all areas that had been under a "Do Not Use" order, but many people still do not trust the water. Sales of bottled water will probably be pretty good for a while.

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