Saturday Marks 7 Years Since Elk River Chemical Spill

Saturday marks seven years since hazardous chemicals were discovered leaking into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply for a nine-county region.


The Elk River Chemical Spill occurred on January 9, 2014 when crude (MCHM) was released from a Freedom Industries facility into the Elk River in Charleston.


The chemical spill occurred upstream from the principal West Virginia American Water intake and treatment and distribution center. Following the spill, up to 300,000 residents within nine counties were without access to potable water. The areas affected were portions of Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Putnam, Roane and Cabell.




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