Elk River Chemical Spill

The Legislature Today
9:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

The Congressional Field Hearing on the Chemical Spill, Minimum Wage, & DHHR Sec. Karen Bowling

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a field hearing on the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River, the House of Delegates considers a bill that would increase the minimum wage, and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling talks about her agency's response to the water crisis.

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Congressional Hearing
5:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Congressional Committee Chair: 'Nobody Is Willing to Say the Water Is Safe'

The panel of witnesses testified Monday in the Kanawha County Courthouse.
Credit Ashton Marra

The two hour field hearing by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure began Monday with opening remarks where witnesses, recounted their company’s or agency’s response immediately following the discovery of the leak.

Lawmakers, however, were focused on the fact the Freedom Industries’ President Gary Southern, invited to testify, did attend.

“Mr. Chairman, there is an odor emanating from Freedom Industries and it’s not licorice. We cannot legislate morality into the billionaire corporate boardrooms where shell game playing abounds," said Rep. Nick Rahall.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Sen. Rockefeller Responds To Water Safety Concerns

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:55 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Is the water safe to drink? As we've just heard, that's the question still plaguing hundreds of thousands of West Virginians who live in and around Charleston. I spoke earlier today with the other U.S. senator from West Virginia, the senior senator, Democrat Jay Rockefeller.

Senator Rockefeller, welcome to the program.

SENATOR JAY ROCKEFELLER: Thank you, Melissa. I wouldn't drink that water if you paid me.

BLOCK: Really? Well, that was my first question, would you drink the water? And you say no.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Legislators Make A Field Trip To Investigate W.Va Spill

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:55 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Officials in Charleston, West Virginia, testified today that the water there is now suitable for drinking and bathing, but nobody seemed ready or willing to call it safe. The testimony came at a field hearing held by members of Congress one month after a chemical in spill in the Elk River tainted the water for some 300,000 people. NPR's Brian Naylor was there today and he filed this report.

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Chemical Leak
3:03 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Water Distribution for Kanawha Co.: Monday, Feb. 10- Friday, Feb. 14,, 2014

Credit Kanawha County Commission

Kanawha County and City of Charleston Bulk Water Sites for Monday, February 10, 2014.

Bulk Water-Bring Your Own Containers
 
Crossing Mall – Elkview
Walmart Parking Lot – Quincy
Shawnee Park – Institute
Old Big Sandy Parking Lot – Cross Lanes
Big Lots Parking Lot –Patrick Street – Charleston

The tanker at Shawnee Park will not be deployed on Tuesday, February 11 due to a mechanical problem.  It will be repaired and then filled in Huntington and redeployed on Wednesday, February 12. 

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News
2:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Freedom Industries Tanks Deemed 'Out of Compliance' Three Months Before Leak

Chemical Safety Board has released a photo of holes in Freedom Industries crude MCHM tank.
Credit @chemsafetyboard / Twitter

Tanks at the facility that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply were deemed out of federal compliance three months before the leak.
 
     U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso told a congressional panel Monday that Freedom Industries ordered its own review of its tanks last October.

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11:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

W.Va. Chemical Spill, One Month Later

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The Allegheny Front speaks with news director Beth Vorhees about the latest on the Elk River chemical spill and where we are one month later.
The chemical that spilled in West Virginia's Elk River is headed to a site outside Pittsburgh. That news broke in recent days as hearings were held in West Virginia and Washington, D.C., about legislation to prevent similar accidents. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Beth Vorhees summarizes legislation in motion, a month after the spill.
Storyteller Award
6:00 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Reporters Shine During Water Crisis

Ashton Marra
Credit Cecelia Mason

This month’s Storyteller Award goes to a team who’ve worked together so much their names have become joined together: Dave and Ashton.

Dave Mistich is our digital editor; Ashton Marra is our statehouse reporter. And with guidance from news director Beth Vorhees, and major assistance from reporters all over the state, they’ve led our comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the water crisis.

Beth says it best – I have her message here:

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The Legislature Today
7:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Statehouse Reporters Dave Boucher & Pam Pritt Talk Water Crisis, Medical Marijuana

Members of the West Virginia Senate and Jimmy Gianato of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management respond to Wednesday's news conference with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency and  the House of Delegates passes bills to make land record electronic, adds requirement to consumer transactions. Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail and Pam Pritt of Beckley's The Register-Herald talk about the water crisis and other issues making their way through the statehouse.

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Chemical Leak
7:07 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Petition Targets Two W.Va. Agencies on Chemical Spill

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Two West Virginia government agencies have been accused of ignoring steps that could have taken to prevent the Jan. 9 chemical spill which tainted the drinking water supply for residents in nine counties.

The Charleston Gazette reports an emergency petition was filed Friday with the state Supreme Court on behalf of two nonprofit groups and two Charleston-area residents.

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Chemical Leak
3:46 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Lawmakers, State Official React to Latest Press Conference

Director of the WVDHSEM Jimmy Gianato testifies before the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources.
Credit Ashton Marra

Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Jimmy Gianato testified before the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Water Resources Friday, answering questions about the state testing water quality in homes.

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Chemical Leak
2:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Traces of MCHM Linger in One W.Va. School

Four weeks after the spill from Freedom Industries, test results from one school in West Virginia shows traces of MCHM.

A sink at George Washington High School that had a sample gathered Thursday, February 6 tested at 0.018 ppm. This level remains below the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended threshold of 1 parts per million.

Test results from 13 other schools being tested show non-detect levels of MCHM.

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Chemical Leak
12:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Audio: Congressional Hearing on Elk River Chemical Spill

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Monday morning in Charleston to learn more about the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River that left 300,000 people banned from using tap water for up to 10 days.

The witness list included the president of West Virginia American Water, state health, homeland security and environmental officials, the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and county emergency and homeland security officials.

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern was invited but did not attend.

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Chemical Leak
11:09 am
Fri February 7, 2014

West Virginia University Continues Testing for MCHM Contamination

Filling Up — Jason Fillhart, from West Virginia Water Research Institute, leans off a boat dock to collect a water sample.
Credit Raymond Thompson / WVU

West Virginia University researchers say, in an effort to fulfill their land-grant institution mission of serving communities in the state, they stepped up to begin a research project to study the Elk River Chemical spill. University funds as well as a grant from the National Science Foundation have provided seed money to immediately collect perishable data to conduct this study.

Lead Researchers:

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The Law Works
10:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Experts Will Take Questions Concerning Water Safety in This One-Hour Special

Dan Ringer, host of The Law Works

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Watch this program Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. LIVE on WV PBS

Listen to the simulcast on West Virginia Public Radio

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West Virginia Morning
7:32 am
Fri February 7, 2014

SNAP Benefits, Soliciting Public Employees, WVU Examines Water Quality, & The Sea, The Sea

On this episode of West Virginia Morning, a Sen. Ron Stollings wants Congress to change SNAP benefits and restrict the purchase of junk food.

The House examines changes in state code, that deal with politicians soliciting state employees.

Those stories and more!

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Water Crisis
4:12 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Bulk Water Distribution Sites in Kanawha Co. for February 7-9

Credit Kanawha County Commission

 
The Kanawha County Commission and the City of Charleston have announced bulk water distribution sites for Friday, February 7th through Sunday, February 9th.

 

  • Crossing Mall – Elkview
  • Walmart Parking Lot – Quincy
  • Shawnee Park – Institute
  • Old Big Sandy Parking Lot – Cross Lanes
  • Big Lots Parking Lot –Patrick Street – Charleston

The Kanawha County Commission says bulk water tankers and buffaloes will remain at locations each day until 5:00 p.m. due to temperatures which are expected to drop below freezing nightly. 

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Chemical Leak
10:13 am
Thu February 6, 2014

More Kanawha Co. School Closures Due to Water Concerns

Even more Kanawha County schools have canceled classes because of an odor resembling the chemical that spilled into a regional water system last month.
 
West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring directed J.E. Robins Elementary School in Charleston to close Thursday morning as a precautionary measure.

Updated on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 4:30:

Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring released the following statement:

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West Virginia Morning
9:08 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Is In-Home Water Testing Going to Happen?, Legislation to Help Pregnant Women, & More

State government officials say they are open to further water testing in the nine-county area affected by last month's chemical leak.

It's truly been a wild winter in West Virginia, but has it been wonderful?

Also, a bill in the House of Delegates is designed to assist pregnant women in the workforce, and more.

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Chemical Leak
12:43 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Considers In-Home Water Testing

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is evaluating options to test tap water in people's homes after last month's chemical spill.
 
     After the Jan. 9 chemical spill, officials have based testing at the West Virginia American Water treatment plant and various other spots across the affected region.
 

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