- Pres. Obama declared an emergency in West Virginia today after a chemical spill tainted drinking water, leading to a tap water ban for up to 300K people, shut down bars and restaurants and led to a run on bottled water in some stores.
- A toxic chemical used in coal processing leaked from a tank and into the Elk River, near a treatment plant for West Virginia American Water (AWK).
- Thousands of miles of water mains are affected, and several more days may be required before normal service resumes.
Obama declares emergency in West Virginia after chemical spill
Jan 10 2014, 17:15 ET