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Still no timeline for water
restoration in Kanawha Valley

Charleston Gazette [WV], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/10/2014 4:59:11 PM

Residents of Charleston and a nine-county surrounding area don´t know how much of a coal-cleaning chemical is in their drinking water, exactly what that substance could do to them, or when West Virginia American Water officials will lift a "do not use" order issued later yesterday afternoon. During a press conference this morning, water company representatives and local government officials had little good news for 300,000 residents believed to have been impacted by the leak at Freedom Industries, a small facility located about 1.5 miles up the Elk River from West Virginia American´s water intakes. "We don´t know the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/10/2014 5:04:11 PM     (No. 9687314)

Shouldn´t FEMA have bottled water there already?


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Reply 2 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/10/2014 5:55:47 PM     (No. 9687397)

Someone needs to start lining up rail cars to take the water from the water treatment facility. They need to start filling the rail cars to flush the water treatment facility. It should be a relatively simple process to blow the chemical out of the water with steam/nitrogen stripping tower in which the water is pumped into the top and the steam/air is blown in the bottom. Flow can be modified so the water out the bottom should be safe to return to the river. The nitrogen should create a vapor phase to increase the separation and prevent the chemical from flashing until it hits the flare.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 1/10/2014 6:00:02 PM     (No. 9687408)

Not intended to be found in a water supply! Hmmmmm!

Don´t know the concentration? Test it, for crying out loud.

It´s "moderately toxic" or "slightly toxic." That means it´s almost drinkable. But by the time the media gets done with this, half the 300K people affected will all have contracted cancer, heart disease, a permanent limp and terminal stupidity syndrome and will call Erin Brockovich to mediate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/13/2014 1:32:48 AM     (No. 9689861)

The Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) covers this precise set of circumstances. We receive very specific training on RCRA in the chemical industry because it can lead to daily fines and criminal action with jail times for individuals. You must be able to tell when you have a leaking tank. The leaked chemical must be contained by an impermeable dike that will hold the contents until it can be cleaned up. When you plant is just upriver from a water plant, you must take extra precautions.

Who gave Freedom Chemical a permit? Who approved the intake for the water supply just downstream? Who´s names are on the emergency response plans? Are there emergency response plans? What are they doing with the contaminated water? Are they putting it back in the river one flush at a time?

I have seen some obnoxious posts about this is what your water looks like on Republicans, but this is a simple case of mass ignorance of existing laws. I hope they make examples of some of the officials within the company and the government who allowed this to happen.

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