Investigators to Reveal Elk River Chemical Spill Findings

Sep 28, 2016

Now-dismantled storage tanks on the bank of the Elk River in Kanawha County that leaked, contaminating thousands of people's drinking water.
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A board of federal investigators is releasing its findings about a chemical spill into the water supply of 300,000 people in West Virginia almost three years ago.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will discuss the results of its investigation into the Freedom Industries spill Wednesday evening. The group's public meeting will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston.

In January 2014, a coal-cleaning chemical leaked from Freedom in Charleston and flowed into West Virginia American Water's intake in the Elk River.

Tap water use was banned for days across nine counties, and hundreds of people went to emergency rooms for nausea, rashes, vomiting and similar issues after breathing near, bathing in or drinking contaminated water.