ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

Sponsored By: Two Men and a Truck
cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
82°
Partly Cloudy
H 93° L 76°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    82°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 93° L 76°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    88°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 93° L 76°
  • clear-day Created with Sketch.
    88°
    Evening
    Mostly Sunny. H 92° L 75°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

A month later, many West Virginians still fear their water

It's been a month since officials first told the residents of Charleston, West Virginia, that their tap water was safe to drink. But many residents still won't drink it, in part because the water still has a detectable odor and because state officials seem to be sending mixed messages.

On Jan. 9, chemical company Freedom Industries announced the leak of up to 5,000 gallons of crude MCHM, a chemical mixture used in coal processing, and that an unknown amount had made it into the water supply. The company later raised its estimate to 10,000 gallons leaked. (Via RT)

Officials imposed a "do not use" advisory on tap water for 300,000 people, which was gradually lifted over 10 days. (Via CBS)

But in the following month, residents continued to notice the distinctive licorice smell associated with the chemical emanating from their tap water, and many continued to suffer from nausea, dizziness and rashes.

And at a recent Congressional hearing, no official was willing to go on the record as saying the water is safe to drink. Independent testing reported by The Charleston Gazette detected MCHM in 40 percent of the homes surveyed. (Via Charleston Daily MailThe Charleston Gazette)

What's more, residents have since learned that the long-term health effects of MCHM on humans have never been studied. And that's just one of many unanswered questions. (Via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

"How does it adhere to or become part of piping? What is the difference between PVC and copper?"

"We don't know how is it excreted, how is it metabolized, where is it stored in the body, even for animals." (Via WOWK)

So it's safe to say West Virginia authorities have lost the trust of many residents on this issue, who simply don't know what to believe. 

"The reason I'm angry is all the lies. ... Nothing they could say would ever convince me this water is ok." (Via The Guardian)

The West Virginia water crisis has spurred calls for stricter regulation of chemical storage facilities. Senate Democrats have begun working on a bill that would require emergency response plans and more frequent inspections of facilities. Freedom Industries' Charleston facility had only been inspected once in the past 20 years. (Via Office of Sen. Joe Manchin)

 

Read more on Newsy

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • The University of North Florida has been denied millions of dollars in state funds for the second straight year.UNF is one of three schools that will miss out on a share of the $245 million appropriation from the state. Florida A & M and Florida Gulf Coast universities are also being left out.Ian Poblete is an eager, incoming UNF freshman. LOCAL NEWS: World Golf Village employee taken to hospital after golfer punched him, police say 'It's local, and it just stood out, out of all the others,' Poblete said.This news was not what Poblete wanted to hear.'I had some relatives that came here, and it was all good things, and just to hear something like this about it, it surprises me,' Poblete said.Thursday, the university system's Board of Governors made it official that they'll only distribute the funds to eight of a possible 11 institutions based on their performances through the 2014-2015 academic year.'It makes you wonder why that is,' UNF senior Alexandra Zephirin said.It also puzzled UNF junior Bianca Hascin.'I always thought we were doing pretty good,' Hascin said.The Board of Governors said UNF scored poorly on its six-year graduation rate and on the percentage of returning students with at least a 2.0 GPA. MILITARY NEWS: Missing Putnam sailor found hiding in ship transferred to brig UNF president John Delaney is at that Board of Governors meeting in Tampa, but Action News Jax got him on the phone.'I've always sort of considered it a flawed report card,' Delaney said. 'It's like giving somebody that had an 80 on the test a failure, but giving somebody that went from a 40 to a 60 an 'A' because they improved. The relative scores are an 80 and a 60 and they should be graded appropriately and in which case UNF would be in the middle category.'Delaney, who is retiring in a year, expects next school year to be better for UNF, and said the school did receive other state appropriations.
  • They're calling the event 'Find Summer Love.'   This weekend, the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is partnering with PetSmart Charities to offer free pet adoptions at three locations.   The event will feature hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from the humane society, as well as from Animal Care and Protective Services.   All pets are free to adopt and will be spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.   The event will be held Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the following locations:   -PetSmart at 356 Monument Road  -PetSmart at 10261 River Marsh Drive  -Jacksonville Humane Society at 8464 Beach Boulevard   The location at the St. Johns Town Center will have cats and kittens only.
  •   A hotel bar in Canada is putting its foot down after its severed human toe was stolen.  The Downtown Hotel in Yukon serves the infamous “Sourtoe Cocktail,” which is a shot of whiskey with a human toe floating inside. Those who drink the shot are supposed to let the toe touch their lips, but aren’t allowed to take it as a souvenir, according to the CBC.   >> Read more trending news But on Saturday, a Quebec man boasting about wanting to steal the toe apparently did just that, according to the hotel.  “We are furious,” Terry Lee, the bar’s “Toe Captain,” said in a news release. “Toes are very hard to come by.” Lee said, while the bar does have backup toes, “we really need this one back.” The hotel filed a police report and even believe they know who the thief is and so do the police. Now it’s just a matter of getting the toe returned.  The news release said that 'unless the toe is returned safe,' the hotel plans to pursue charges and a $2,500 fine against the thief. Read more here.
  • A grand jury Thursday indicted a 34-year-old Georgia woman on charges of manslaughter in connection with the smothering death of a 2-month-old.  >> Read more trending news Keanna Keys of Stockbridge had methamphetamine and Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, in her system when she fell asleep on a couch with her friend’s baby, Henry County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said.  On March 30, police responded to a call about an unresponsive baby at Keys’ home in Stockbridge, Georgia, Matteucci said. The spokeswoman said 2-year-old Madelyn Roberts was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Keys is charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of methamphetamine and possession of alprazolam. According to the sheriff’s office, Keys had previously been arrested in Henry County in 2011 and 2012.
  • After President Donald Trump first hinted that he might have recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey, he admitted Thursday on Twitter that he had no such tapes. >> Read more trending news “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea ... whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he wrote. The news was first reported by Bloomberg News.

The Latest News Videos