W.Va. Water Tests Encouraging After Chemical Spill

CBS DC

DRY BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) — For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can’t drink the water.

The 81-year-old woman placed it there after forgetting several times the tap water was tainted after a coal processing chemical leaked into the area’s water supply. Every time she turned on the water, she’d quickly stop and clean her hands with peroxide — just to make sure she was safe.

The widow of a coal miner, Wireman is frustrated about the chemical spill that’s deprived 300,000 West Virginians of clean tap water for four days: “I’m really angry.”

But as quickly as she said it, she wanted to make one thing clear: She didn’t blame the coal or chemical industries for the spill.

“I hope this doesn’t hurt coal,” said Wireman, who lives in an area known around the state as Chemical Valley because of…

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