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What is the chemical that spilled?
A chemical used in the coal cleaning process has affected an estimated 300,000 West Virginia residents as a result of a spill from a plant on the Elk River.
Retired prep plant worker comments on spill
Although Freedom Industries Inc. hasn’t been on the radar of most West Virginians until the past two days, the company has been doing business in the Mountain State since 1986, according to information on the company’s website.
Chemical spill: search for water stretches to Mercer
Bottled water was in demand Friday as regular customers and visitors from outside the region reacted to a major chemical spill in Kanawha County.
Risks to marine life and wildlife being monitored
As thousands of people crowd supermarkets and stores to purchase bottled water due to a chemical spill in the Elk River, water life and livestock may also be affected.
Water demand remains high
The demand for bottled water in Raleigh and Fayette counties was high Friday, one day after a foaming agent at a Freedom Industries Inc. plant in Charleston leached into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply of residents in Jackson, Roane, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln, Kanawha, Clay, Logan and Boone counties.
UPDATED — 5 hospitalized, lawsuits filed in wake of chemical spill
About five people have been admitted to Charleston-area hospitals to be treated for symptoms that could have been caused by Thursday’s chemical leak into the Elk River, just upstream from the water intake that services about 100,000 customers — an estimated 300,000 people — of West Virginia American Water.
A similar number of law suits have been filed in Kanawha County Court.
Department of Health and Humane Resources Secretary Karen Bowling said she’d had no reports of people in serious or critical conditions.
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