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West Virginia chemical spill leaves 300,000 without drinking water (updated)

10:26 AM MST | January 13, 2014 | Lindsay Frost

A chemical spill at Elk River, WV last week cut off clean drinking water to over 300,000 people in nine West Virginia counties. State officials imposed water-use restrictions on 9 January after discovering that an estimated 7,500 gals of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) had leaked out of a storage tank about a mile upriver of Freedom Industries (Charleston, WV), a specialty chemical company, according to recent reports. MCHM is used to clean coal. West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in a press conference on 13 January that they are still investigating...

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