Observation Number 492

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Erin Savage Collects Water Samples Below Chemical Spill
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
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Blue Haze on Elk River Below Charleston, WV Spil
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
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Site of Charleston, WV Chemical Spill
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 492
Date2014-01-10 04:30:00
Latitude38.36827604435195
Longitude-81.6080117225647
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Testing Results

ParameterValue
conductivity153 µS/cm
temperature33.3°F
4-methylcyclohexane methanol1130 µg/L

Incident Description: AWW staff collected water samples from the Elk River just downstream of the spill site at Freedom Industries, and in front of the water intake for WV American Water on the afternoon after the spill was reported. A strong, sweet smell was present on the river. A blue haze was also present. There was no sheen on the water, though one had been reported by others earlier.

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