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Water Safety
9:32 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Secondary Intake Proposal Calls for Mountaintop Lake in Charleston

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  Two men have submitted a proposal calling for a mountaintop lake in Charleston that would serve as a backup drinking water source.

The proposal by Fred Stottlemyer and Joe Mullins seeks construction of an earthen dam to create an 800 million-gallon lake at Coonskin Park.

Stottlemyer is former public service district general manager. Mullins was an urban planner in the governor's office in the 1960s.

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Around the Nation
4:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Months From Water Crisis, Leaking W.Va. Tanks Are Demolished

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:40 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

At the beginning of the year, residents of Charleston, West Virginia smelled a licorice odor in their water. It turned out a chemical used in coal production had leaked out of a nearby storage tank, contaminating the water supply for 300,000 people. This week, tanks at the center of this crisis are being demolished. But as Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports, that doesn't necessarily bring closure.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Testimony Entered in PSC Investigation, W.Va. Working to Limit Exotic Pets, and Humans of Fairmont

West Virginia American Water entered written testimony last week in the Public Service Commission's investigation into the January chemical leak in Charleston. The PSC wanted more information about how the company responded to the crisis, including justification for not shutting of their source water intake.

State officials are working on a list of animals they feel are too dangerous to own as pets and a North Central West Virginia man's Facebook project is picking up steam as he tries to introduce you to the 'Humans of Fairmont.'

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Investigation
6:38 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Five Things From West Virginia American Water's Testimony to the PSC Regarding the Elk River Spill

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In May, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia opened a general investigation into West Virginia American Water’s response to January chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The investigation followed heavy scrutiny from the public over the water company not shutting down their intake along the Elk River downstream of the spill.

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Investigation
4:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Water Company Provides Testimony to PSC Regarding Elk River Spill Response

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West Virginia American Water has met Wednesday's deadline to provide testimony to the Public Service Commission regarding an investigation into the water company’s response to the January chemical spill into the Elk River.  

In May, the PSC opened a general investigation into the incident.

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Exploring New Options for Water Sources, Free Lunches for Kids, Matewan Improvements & New SBA Chief

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection heard the thoughts and opinions of members of the public on lifting an exemption that prevents the Kanawha River from being used a source for public drinking water. The discussion comes after a chemical leak into the Elk River left 300,000 West Virginians without usable drinking water for up to 10 days.

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Environment
10:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Updated: WV DEP Reports Second Overflow at Freedom, Violations Issued for Both Incidents

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Updated on Friday, June 13 at 11:12 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says Freedom Industries failed for a second straight day to prevent a stormwater collection trench overflow at the site along the Elk River. The incident follows a similar overflow of stormwater discovered Thursday.

The DEP says Friday’s discharge coincided with a heavy downpour of rain at around 5 p.m. and lasted nearly an hour before being brought under control through increased pumping.

“To have this happen twice in two days is outrageous and unacceptable," said DEP Secretary Randy Huffman in a news release issued Friday night.

Notices of Violation are being issued for Friday’s discharge as well. They will include a mandate that Freedom respond by noon Saturday with an outline of how the system will be redesigned to prevent future overflows.

"Freedom and its environmental consultant should have a system in place to handle heavy rainfall. If a better system is not implemented immediately, the DEP will take action to bring in a more responsible contractor to handle it,” said Huffman.

Two notices of violation were issued for Thursday’s incident. One for allowing a discharge from an unpermitted outlet and another for failure to comply with the terms and conditions of an order to implement an approved sump management plan.

West Virginia American Water, which has a drinking water intake a mile and a half downstream, has been notified and will be collecting samples of raw water coming into the plant intake as well as treated water. Initial results are expected late Friday night.

Testing of raw and treated water samples after Thursday's discharge came back at non-detectable levels.

Updated on Friday, June 13 at 4:50 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued two Notices of Violation Friday to Freedom Industries following the overflow of a stormwater collection trench meant to keep rainwater that has come into contact with potentially contaminated soil from entering the Elk River.

According to a news release issued Friday afternoon, one of the violations is for allowing a discharge from an unpermitted outlet. The second is for failure to comply with the terms and conditions of a prior order to implement an approved sump management plan.

Updated on Friday, June 13 at 11:40 a.m.

  The DEP says in a news release that results from a second set of test samples on water analyzed following an overflow of stormwater at the Freedom Industries spill site into the Elk River have come back showing non-detectable levels of MCHM. These results follow earlier test results released by West Virginia American Water that also showed non-detectable levels of the material. The news release says the latest results, which came from Research Environmental & Industrial Consultants Inc., also known as REIC Labs, were for four samples of raw water and four samples of treated water from West Virginia American Company’s Charleston plant, the intake for which is about a mile and a half downstream of the spill site.  The DEP says the samples were delivered to the Beaver lab last night and results came this morning. The testing was unable to detect MCHM at 2 parts per billion. 

Updated on Friday, June 13 at 9:40 a.m.

In a news release, West Virginia American Water says overnight test results continue to show no detection of MCHM in water at the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant. A total of six samples of raw (river) and treated water taken at the plant at different times before 10 p.m. were tested for MCHM overnight. All results show no detection.  

Updated on Friday, June 13 at 1:17 a.m.

West Virginia American Water says in a news release that initial tests of raw (river) and treated water at their facility show no traces of MCHM.

The water company announced Thursday they had just finished changing the last of carbon filters at the treatment plant after beginning the process on April 1. The filters were changed after testing by an independent research group known as WV TAP indicated the filters were leaching MCHM into the water supply.

The water company says additional test results will come overnight. They say staff members are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with the Bureau for Public Health and the DEP.

Original Post from Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.

According to a news release, a DEP inspector noticed water overflowing from a containment trench at the site of the Freedom Industries cleanup. The news release says a pump in place to handle overflow to a storage tank stopped working, and the inspector restarted the pump, which stopped the overflow.

The DEP says it isn’t yet clear if the water entering the river contained any amount of crude MCHM — the material spilled at the site back on January 9. Samples of the water are being collected from the trench. Additional samples are also being collected downstream at West Virginia American Water Company’s intake, as well as treated water. The DEP says those samples will be tested at multiple labs, with results expected by Friday morning.

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Chemical Spill
5:56 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

West Virginia American Water: Filter Replacement Complete, No Trace of MCHM

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West Virginia American Water has replaced its filters and no longer detects chemicals that spilled into its water distribution system in January.

A news release Thursday says the utility has only used new filters since May 23, when it removed the last of 16 filters tainted in the spill.

Results returned Thursday showed no chemical traces in water heading to people's homes and businesses.

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Investigation
3:48 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

West Virginia Regulators to Investigate Water Company's Post-Spill Actions

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  The state Public Service Commission has ordered an investigation into West Virginia American Water's response to the Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.

The PSC said Wednesday the focus of its investigation will be on whether the company's reaction to the spill and presence of the coal-cleaning agent MCHM was "unreasonable or inadequate."

Among other things, the PSC has ordered the company to provide an account of actions it took starting when it became aware of the Jan. 9 spill at the Freedom Industries plant along the Elk River.

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Chemical Leak
4:17 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WVAM Says Halfway through Carbon Filter Replacement

West Virginia American Water's Charleston filtration plant.
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The process to change out 16 activated carbon filters is now half complete at West Virginia American Water’s Charleston filtration plant. That change comes after the January 9th chemical spill into the Elk River, the source of intake for the plant.

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Chemical Leak
4:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

WVAM Says MCHM Not Detected After Carbon Filters Changed

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West Virginia American Water said new tests show no signs of MCHM from water filtered through two newly replaced carbon filters.

The company began changing out the 16 activated carbon filters in the Charleston plant on April 1.

In a release this Monday, WVAM said 16 water samples taken throughout the filtration process at that location returned non-detect levels of MCHM.

The results came from Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. in Lancaster, Pa., which WVAM said is testing the water at the 0.38 parts per billion level.

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Utilities
1:28 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

West Virginia American Water Ordered to Remain in Projects

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State regulators have ordered West Virginia American Water Company to continue participating in a series of local water extension projects.
 
Monday's ruling by the Public Service Commission came on a complaint filed by five public service districts and several other local agencies. The complaint alleged that West Virginia American Water improperly withdrew from partnerships to expand water service in various areas of the state.
 

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Water Concerns
10:19 am
Tue April 1, 2014

WVAW Changing Carbon Filters at Charleston Plant

West Virginia American Water's Charleston filtration plant.
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West Virginia American Water is beginning the long process of changing water filters that were in place during the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 people.

Water company spokeswoman Laura Jordan says the process begins Monday and may take eight weeks or longer. She says only two of the water plant's 16 filters can be changed each week while maintaining service.
 
Residents have expressed concern that these filters have not already been changed. Some have demanded they be changed in letters to the company.

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Environment
6:59 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Review Of West Virginia Water Finds More Work To Be Done

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

A group of independent researchers has found that the chemical crude MCHM is still present in some West Virginia homes. That's the coal-cleaning chemical that spilled into the Elk River back in January out of a storage tank operated by the company Freedom Industries. The spill contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people. The research group was formed by West Virginia's governor after public pressure.

Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports on the research group's latest findings.

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Chemical Leak
10:54 am
Fri March 28, 2014

W.Va. American Water Will Change Filters Next Week

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West Virginia American Water will begin changing the water filters that were in place during the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 people.

Water company spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the process will begin on Monday and may take eight weeks or longer. She says only two of their 16 filters can be changed each week while maintaining water service.
 

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Chemical Leak
12:18 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Update: Testing at WVAM Indicates Filtering Process Adds Trace Amounts of MCHM to Water Supply

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Updated Tuesday, March 25 at 1:15 p.m.: 

Test results from sampling conducted by the National Guard in and around West Virginia American Water's Elk River plant indicate trace levels of MCHM are being added to the water supply during the filtering process. The results come from 42 samples collected--from various stages of the water treatment process--from Friday, March 21 at 6 p.m. through Saturday, March 22 at  6 a.m.

Results indicate raw water from the Elk River and settled water from post clarifiers (an early stage in the treatment process)--both east and west--are returning non-detectable levels of MCHM. However, results from east and west filters range from non-detectable levels to 0.60 parts per billion (ppb). Results from the finished samples, which have completed all stages of the treatment process, range from non-detectable levels to 0.53 ppb.

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11:59 am
Thu March 20, 2014

West Virginia American Water Chief Defends Water Firm's MCHM Actions

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In this report form Ken Ward of The Charleston Gazette, West Virginia American Water president Jeff McIntyre defends his company's actions following the Jan. 9 spill into the Elk River by Freedom Industries. The water company has yet to change filters at their water treatment plant, although they say work begins on that project April 1 to address public concerns.
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  • | Via: The Charleston Gazette
WVAW chief defends water firm's MCHM actions CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Knowing what chemicals Freedom Industries stored just upstream from West Virginia American Water's intake wouldn't have helped the water company better plan its response to the Elk River leak, the company's president said Tuesday. Jeff McIntyre said having more information about Crude MCHM before the Jan.
Chemical Leak
4:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

WVAW Discontinues Bulk Water Distribution

West Virginia American Water announced Monday they would be discontinuing their bulk water distribution service two days early.

In a press release, the company said the forecast is to blame for the early end to the service which was planned to end Wednesday. Bulk water tankers in previous weeks have been unable to distribute water when temperatures reach freezing.

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Water Distribution
9:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bulk Water Distribution in Kanawha Co. for February 28 - March 2

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Kanawha County and City of Charleston have announced Bulk Water Distribution for Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2.

West Virginia American Water will have Bulk Water Tankers and Buffaloes available through Sunday, March 2nd at the following locations:
 

  • Big Lots Parking Lot-Patrick Street-Charleston
  • Old Big Sandy Lot – Cross Lanes
  • Crossings Mall - Elkview
  • Walmart Parking Lot – Quincy
  • Across from Post Office – Clendenin

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Chemical Leak
6:26 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WVAM Using More Rigorous Water Testing Standard

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A news release from West Virginia American Water Thursday said all points of testing throughout the water distribution system show levels of MCHM below 10 parts per billion.

Crude MCHM is the chemical that leaked from a Freedom Industries site on the Elk River contaminating the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians in 9 counties.

The 10 ppb threshold was established by a state interagency team based on the measuring capabilities of multiple laboratories used during the response to the Jan. 9 spill.

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