Responding to the Freedom Industries chemical spill
Last Saturday, West Virginia American Water held its second annual “WaterFest” at the Elk River treatment plant. To its credit, WV American Water offered tours of its facility, including the new chemical testing laboratory and water quality monitoring equipment that it installed after the water crisis, replacing similar equipment that it had taken out in 2004-5.
I’m no chemist, but chemists with Advocates for a Safe Water System who went on a tour of this new/old facility concluded that:
West Virginia American Water is acting as though they are unaware that tons of MCHM remain in the soil at the former Freedom site, which has yet to be remediated. Once again, the water company is showing a stunning lack of planning or foresight.