Toxic Chemical Spills In West Virginia And North Carolina

Toxic Chemical Spills In West Virginia And North Carolina

Thousands of West Virginians are still fearful of using tap water after a chemical leak. And coal ash contaminated a major river with arsenic in North Carolina. Diane and her guests discuss recent chemical spills and ongoing concerns over safety of the U.S. water supply.

In early January, thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical leaked into West Virginia’s Elk River. The accident caused the contamination of the water supply in nine counties. Earlier this month, a broken pipe owned by Duke Energy leaked toxic coal ash into North Carolina’s Dan River. And two weeks later, a second leak from a different pipe spilled more arsenic-laced chemicals into the river. While the water ban has been lifted in West Virginia, thousands refuse to drink the water. And in North Carolina, tests of river water show high levels of iron and aluminum. Diane and guests discuss recent chemical spills and ongoing concerns over the safety of the U.S. water supply.

Guests

Dina Cappiello

national environment/energy reporter, The Associated Press.

David Schnare

general counsel, Energy & Environment Legal Institute.

Frank Holleman

senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center.

Dr. Rahul Gupta

health officer and executive director, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in West Virginia.

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