Many refuse to drink W.Va. water that's been declared safe; experts say fears are justified

  • Article by: BEN NUCKOLS , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 4:06 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The smell lingers — the slightly sweet, slightly bitter odor of a chemical that contaminated the water supply of West Virginia's capital more than a week ago. It creeps out of faucets and shower heads. It wafts from the Elk River, the site of the spill. Sometimes it hangs in the cold nighttime air.

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brandrexJan. 18, 14 2:20 PM

I see that Freedom Industries has filed for bankruptcy. It is one way to stick the people for the cleanup and pollution problems. We should keep this in mind with the copper mining waste in northern Minnesota!

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K-LinoJan. 18, 14 2:41 PM

Every assets that Freedom Industries has should be confiscated and used for cleaning up the mess. Management and board should be prosecuted for bluntly ignoring safety standards and running a sloppy company. Has no one spoken up earlier?

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littlebootsJan. 18, 14 3:34 PM

The water stinks everyday in Saint Paul, it's no big deal. It's just the PCB's from the river runoff, the BGH from the serotonin re-uptake inhibitors in the all the prescription drugs people are on that get flushed into the river and the Sodium Fluoride (which is actually toxic waste from the fertilizer industry) that the City intentionally buys and dumps into our water. It's all good for you. Enjoy, watch football, eat your Gm foods, guzzle some fluoride and keep drooling at the television and computer screen.

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wardnjuneJan. 18, 14 3:39 PM

The Elk River flows into the Ohio River, which flows into the Mississippi. This is going to need a lot of monitoring, and for a long time to come. Freedom Industries will "negotiate" a settlement with the EPA and walk away with a slap on the wrist. Disgraceful.

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comment229Jan. 18, 14 4:54 PM

Same old story though.... you don't want any information gathering by the NSA but when a tragedy happens, you ask "why wasn't someone watching and doing something?" Now you see the worst in pollution and some people will still holler that we have too much regulation and government interference. Look, I'm not taking sides on any of it, but you cannot have it both ways. Either government is there or it isn't.

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comment229Jan. 18, 14 4:58 PM

What I do find truly amazing, is that if I did an oil change on my car, and took the used oil down to the city park and dumped it in the pond, with 100 people watching, I would be arrested immediately. And yet, there is no mention of anybody being arrested at Freedom, so far, in the media. Why is that? Further, I cannot believe that these storage/treatment facilities were not monitored and inspected by some government agency. Who was that, and shouldn't that also be investigated? Or do we just chalk this up to "an accident" that is going to result in bankruptcy?

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paulskiJan. 18, 14 5:47 PM

you reap what you sow. W.V. has sold out to big industry for well over 100 years. Big coal and all the rest. Now it's coming home to roost. Let this be cautionary tale for northern Mn. Iron ore screwed up the water. Copper mining will do what iron ore did times 10. You want a good paying job for a lucky few for 20-40 years, well that's fine. But your childrens childrens childrens will pay the price.

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u4775Jan. 18, 14 6:34 PM

West Virgina has done what it has to do to provide jobs to its people. But its declarations that the water is safe is somewhat hard to believe when this substance has never been tested for toxicity.

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erikj3Jan. 18, 14 6:47 PM

Freedom distributed a product made by Georgia Pacific, which is owned by the Koch brothers. Meanwhile, they spend millions arguing against the very regulations that might have prevented this disaster, which is a strong argument for MORE regulation of these industries.

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luzhishenJan. 19, 14 1:45 PM

Privatize the profits, socialize the losses - Freedom Industries is the poster child for 21st century US capitalism.

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