West Virginia chemical spill cuts water for up to 300,000
Mary Wisniewski(Reuters) - A chemical spill along a West Virginia river on Thursday has resulted in a tap water ban for as many as 300,000 people, shutting down bars and restaurants and forcing residents to line up for bottled water at stores.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for nine counties as a result of the spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry. The spill occurred along the Elk River in Charleston, the capital and largest city of the eastern U.S. state.
Health officials were advising residents to use the water only for flushing toilets and fighting fires.
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"West Virginia chemical spill cuts water for up to 300,000 ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2014. Consulté le 09/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/west-virginia-chemical-spill-cuts-water-for-up-to-300-000-