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Chemical spill shuts down much of W.Va. capital

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 10, 2014 at 11:06 a.m. Updated January 10, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.


This Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, photo shows a stretch of the Elk River in Charleston, W.Va. The White House has issued a federal disaster declaration in West Virginia, where a chemical spill that may have contaminated tap water has led officials to tell at least 300,000 people not to bathe, brush their teeth or wash their clothes.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day's business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the extent of the danger remained unclear.

The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster, and the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the nine affected counties. In requesting the federal declaration, which makes federal resources available to the state, state officials said about 300,000 people were affected.

Federal authorities are also launching an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the spill and what caused it, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a news release Friday.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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HOTDEMN says... January 10, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.

Who thinks it's a good idea to manufacture or store dangerous chemicals or substances right next to waterways and drinking water sources ? Republicans do, because to regulate private companies or spend money to monitor the environment is just downright Un-American. Industry will police itself and if you destroy a regional ecology everybody can just move to another one that's less toxic.

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HM2 says... January 10, 2014 at 7:48 p.m.

HOTDEMN; low the clues, footprints if you will. Obama said he would DESTROY the coal industry, the chemical is used to treat and clean coal. This is pure Obama treachery.

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djigoo says... January 10, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.

Did you see where Obama sent potable water to WV? How dare he trample on our GOD-GIVEN RIGHT to unwittingly poison ourselves and our children?

He's a Muslin, you know.

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