This is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series examining the political and social ramifications of the chemical spill in West Virginia last Thursday in the context of Appalachian history and struggle. Part 1 can be read here.
On the third day after 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) leaked from a storage facility into West Virginia’s Elk River, little has changed for 300,000 West Virginians who remain without water. The estimated size of the leak remains unclear. Freedom Industries’ President Gary Southern could only say for certain that less than 35,000 gallons leaked out, but West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin claims the spill did not exceed 5,000 gallons. No one can say for sure when the water will be safe to use for even the most basic daily tasks–brushing teeth, washing hands, clothes, and dishes, and, of course, drinking.
Finally, the EPA issued an order forcing Freedom Industries to…
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