The chemical spill in West Virginia impacted Kentucky Monday as the cities of Russell and Ashland were compelled to close their water supply intake valves as the chemicals flowed down the Ohio River poisoning Kentucky's drinking waters. The chemical is used to wash coal. West Virginia does not regulate its storage and the plant from which it leaked had not been inspected since for over 20 years, since 1991.
Bill Estep reports on the spill's impact on Kentucky in Lexington Herald-Leader: Two Kentucky Water Systems Shut Intakes As Chemical Plume Passes In Ohio River.
The spill has been widely reported; it is the latest disaster in what is referred to as "Chemical Valley" in West Virginia as the New York Times reports: Critics Say Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations. Lax regulations? How about none.
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