By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director
Thursday's chemical spill in West Virginia, which has resulted in undrinkable and unusable tap water for hundreds of thousands of people, definitely falls into the category of Things We Are Not Doing to Put Drinking Water First. As readers of this blog know, we are committed to identifying activities which put our drinking water at risk and to solving those problems before they get into the treatment plant or in fact into your kitchen sink. Here are some of the questions we have today:
- Why allow a storage tank containing tens of thousands of gallons of a chemical, which could cause problems if it leaks, to be situated where it could ever leak into a drinking water sources, in this case the Elk River?
- Why does it appear that the company responsible for this tank did not know it was leaking?
We're staying on top of this developing story. Check back for more next week.