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Remembering The Elk River Chemical Spill 10 Years Later On This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, ten years ago, a state of emergency and water advisory was issued for nine West Virginia counties following a chemical spill in the Elk River. Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice has more on the health effects of the past decade.

Also, in this show, the water crisis closed schools and businesses and became a national story of corporate distrust and community action, but the news reports began on the local level. Kallie Cart is now the deputy chief of staff for the state auditor’s office. Ten years ago, she was a reporter and anchor for Channel 8 out of Charleston and one of the lead journalists covering the devastating event. Cart spoke with Randy Yohe about her water crisis coverage, especially a live interview that went viral.

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Eric Douglas produced this episode.

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