Feds Probe Chemical Spill Blamed For Tainted Drinking Water

Law360, New York (January 10, 2014, 2:18 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday launched an investigation into a massive chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians and led federal and state officials to declare a state of emergency across nine counties.

Coal processing chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or Crude MCHM, spilled from a Freedom Industries Inc. storage facility Thursday, about a mile up the river from a West Virginia American Water plant, spurring the utility to issue a do-not-use water notice. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said his office...
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