Monday, March 31, 2014

They had the NERVE to fill tanker trucks from the poisoned water and send them out to people to use - damnpamn's Blog - Blogster

They had the NERVE to fill tanker trucks from the poisoned water and send them out to people to use - damnpamn's Blog - Blogster

our elected officials knew about it because they clammed up a couple of
days ago.  For those of you who think this is a West Virginia problem,
think again.  Detectable levels of the chemical were passing through
Cincinnati, Ohio today.  It will reach the Mississippi River in about 3
more days.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia American
Water pulled its bulk water tankers out of service in Kanawha County
Thursday evening, after complaints that the water being distributed to
residents had the same odor as the chemical-tainted water from last
week's Freedom Industries spill into the Elk River.

Kanawha County
Manager Jennifer Sayre said complaints began coming in late Thursday
afternoon about the now-familiar licorice odor in water given out at the
Crossings Mall in Elkview and at Riverside High School.

"We were
getting conflicting information as to where [those tankers] were
filled," Sayre said Thursday evening. "We wanted to clear that up."

to Sayre, county officials originally were told the tankers were being
filled "off site, out of Charleston." After hearing complaints, though,
they checked again with West Virginia American Water officials, who told
them to take the tankers out of circulation, Sayre said.

company spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the tankers had been filled near
the plant after zero levels of the chemical "Crude MCHM" were recorded.
"But to avoid any concerns," she said, "just to reassure our customers,
we're filling up the tankers from another system."

Jordan referred
to the Wednesday night recommendation from the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention that pregnant women not drink the water,
and said that had made people more nervous.

"We understand that people are a little sensitive, especially with that," she said. "We don't want to add to it."

said the bulk water distribution, with water from outside the tainted
Charleston system, should be ready by Friday morning to resume at
Crossings Mall and Riverside High.

Bottled-water distribution will
continue at the Crossings Mall, according to Sayre, as well as at the
Nitro Police Department, the Marmet Recreation Center and volunteer fire
departments in Belle, Clendenin, Glasgow, Malden and Sissonville.

Thursday, Sayre said that -- despite the CDC's warning about pregnant
women not drinking the water -- distribution points in Kanawha County
weren't busier than they had been before.

"Really, all of the
water distribution points have been busy all of the time," Sayre said.
"No one really said when they stopped by they were there for that

State government and water company officials, saying they
were relying on CDC guidance, have declared a level of 1 part per
million as the "safe" level for the coal-processing chemical. About
71,000 customers -- nearly three-quarters of the people affected by
WVAW's "do-not-use" water advisory -- had been removed from the advisory
area as of Thursday evening.

Those included about 12,200
customers in the Cross Lanes, Culloden, Hamlin, Poca and Nitro areas, as
well as all affected parts of Boone County, which had the order lifted
before 7 a.m. Another 1,800 customers in the Big Bottom, Bona Vista,
Cemetery, Clover Hollow, Elk Two Mile and Valley Grove areas had the
order lifted around 1:40 p.m.

Staff writers David Gutman and Rachel Molenda contributed to this report.

Reach Greg Moore at or 304-348-1211.

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