People in West Virginia are being used as guinea pigs when Coal Chemical spill in Charleston West Virginia mixes it up with the towns’ drinking water supply

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People in West Virginia are being used as guinea pigs when Coal Chemical spill in Charleston West Virginia mixes it up with the towns’ drinking water supply

About 300,000 residents have been told to use tap water only for flushing toilets since Thursday’s chemical spill contaminated the Elk River and the water supply of nine West Virginia counties.

The little known chemical, “Crude MCHM,” is used in coal processing and leaked out of a 35,000-gallon tank owned by Freedom Industries, a chemical distributor based in Charleston and Nitro. A retaining wall surrounding the tank, supposed to serve as a failsafe, was scheduled for $1 million in repairs.

The chemical that contaminated West Virginia’s Elk River is one among tens of thousands of industrial compounds that haven’t been tested for their risks to human health, several experts said Friday. Water quality authorities now trying to certify when local tap water might…

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