West Virginia http://wnpr.org en Update on West Virginia's Elk River Chemical Spill http://wnpr.org/post/update-west-virginias-elk-river-chemical-spill <p>In January, West Virginia’s Elk River was contaminated by a chemical spill from a nearby coal processing plant, affecting 300,000 local residents. People were without water for days. Now months later, is the water safe to drink?&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:19:03 +0000 Catie Talarski 19706 at http://wnpr.org Update on West Virginia's Elk River Chemical Spill Charleston Mayor: Company Behind Chemical Leak Run By 'Renegades' http://wnpr.org/post/charleston-mayor-company-behind-chemical-leak-run-renegades The mayor of Charleston, W.Va., says the company behind the chemical spill that essentially shut down his city for days was run by "a small of group of renegades," who in his opinion knew there were problems with the tanks that leaked dangerous chemicals into the city's water supply.<p>"I'm not even sure they cared what happened to the public," Danny Jones told Melissa Block on Tuesday's edition of <em>All Things Considered</em>.<p>Jones said he knows some of the people in charge of Freedom Industries and he considers them "to be a little edgy."<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 15455 at http://wnpr.org Charleston Mayor: Company Behind Chemical Leak Run By 'Renegades' Thousands Have Water Again In W.Va. As 'All-Clear' Areas Spread http://wnpr.org/post/35000-or-so-have-water-again-wva-265000-or-so-go <a href="http://www.amwater.com/wvaw/about-us/news.html" target="_blank">The map that shows residents of nine counties in West Virginia</a> whether they can start using the water from their taps is slowly starting to change from red to blue.<p>That's good news because blue means customers in those areas can start flushing their homes' and businesses' pipes — and after that, start using their water again for cooking, cleaning and drinking.<p>West Virginia Gov. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15428 at http://wnpr.org Thousands Have Water Again In W.Va. As 'All-Clear' Areas Spread Slowly, Water Is Flowing Again In West Virginia http://wnpr.org/post/just-few-more-days-and-w-va-water-emergency-may-end Relief is finally arriving for the 300,000 or so people in nine West Virginia counties who haven't been able to drink, cook or clean with their tap water for more than four days.<p>Officials announced at noon Monday that tests show the level of a potentially harmful chemical have fallen to the point where the water can be turned back on. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15357 at http://wnpr.org Slowly, Water Is Flowing Again In West Virginia Chemical In West Va. Water More Diluted, But Still Unsafe http://wnpr.org/post/chemical-west-va-water-more-diluted-still-unsafe The amount of a dangerous chemical in West Virginian's tap water is more diluted, but it is still unsafe for drinking, washing or bathing.<p><a href="http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/140111_22317.shtml">WCHS-TV reports</a> that Col. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 15334 at http://wnpr.org Chemical In West Va. Water More Diluted, But Still Unsafe Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Water In W. Va. http://wnpr.org/post/hundreds-thousands-still-without-water-w-va <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 4 p.m. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:12:00 +0000 editor 15298 at http://wnpr.org Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Water In W. Va. Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia; Plant Shut Down http://wnpr.org/post/chemical-leak-causes-water-emergency-west-virginia More than 100,000 customers of one water company in West Virginia have been warned not to drink, cook or wash with the water coming from their taps because of chemicals that seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday.<p>The warning covers all or parts of nine counties (<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/10/261282459/more-than-100-000-customers-in-w-va-without-water-after-spill/#0001" target="_self">listed below</a>). More than 480,000 people live in the affected area — one-quarter of the state's population. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15244 at http://wnpr.org Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia; Plant Shut Down