New Chemical Identified In West Virginia's Elk River Spill

New Chemical Identified In West Virginia's Elk River Spill

A chemical spill left 300,000 West Virginians without safe tap water. Now, weeks later, officials say they've identified a second chemical. An update on the spill and safeguarding Americans' water supply.

West Virginians were hit this week with more troubling news about their water supply. Freedom Industries revealed that a second chemical had leaked from its storage tank in the January 9th spill, which affected 300,000 people. State regulators ordered Freedom Industries to provide a list of every substance that leaked into the river. More than 80,000 chemicals are used in the U.S. Yet the health risks of most of them are unknown. A discussion of the West Virginia chemical spill and whether water supplies elsewhere in the country need better safeguards.


Ken Ward Jr.

reporter, The Charleston Gazette.

Dina Cappiello

national environmental reporter, The Associated Press.

Paul Barrett

assistant managing editor and senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, and author of "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun." His new book, about the Chevron oil pollution case in Ecuador, will be out later this year.

Daniel Horowitz

managing director, U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

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