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All chemical leaks need to be reported

January 14, 2014
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Last Thursday, about 7,500 gallons of a chemical, crude MCHM, used in the coal-cleaning process, leaked from a storage container owned by Freedom Industries at its Kanawha County facility on the Elk River. This leak touched off a crisis that completely cut off water for drinking, bathing and washing dishes for nearly 300,000 people and businesses in nine counties served by West Virginia American Water Co. The only allowable use for water during this time has been for fighting fires and flushing commodes.



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