Observation Number 836

West Virginia American Water's Elk River Intake
On January 9 2014 Freedom Industries spilled approximately 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (a chemical used in coal processing) into the Elk River Just upstream from American Water's drinking water intake that serves 300,000 people. The next day Appalachian Voices staff went out on the Elk River in Charleston, WV to see the site for ourselves and to collect water samples for analysis. Photo By: Eric Chance
Incident ID 836
Date2014-01-10 04:00:00
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Testing Results

conductivity153 µS/cm
4-methylcyclohexane methanol913 µg/L

Incident Description: AWW staff sampled water in the Elk River just after the MCHM spill, at the WV American Water drinking water intake. Results are pending.


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