Toxic Chemical Spills In West Virginia And North Carolina
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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.
national environment/energy reporter, The Associated Press.
general counsel, Energy & Environment Legal Institute.
senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center.
health officer and executive director, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in West Virginia.