With the approach of the one-year anniversary of the Elk River chemical spill this coming Friday, several West Virginia University faculty members are available to discuss the various impacts of the spill, which left approximately 300,000 residents without water for days.

Some WVU faculty members have expertise that is directly related to the issue and others have been conducting research stemming from the spill or been active in related public policy development.

On Jan. 9 last year, 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a chemical used in washing coal, leaked into the Elk River from holding tanks. Authorities advised residents in parts of nine West Virginia counties not to use their tap water for anything but flushing toilets. Besides interrupting running water service for days, the spill led to legislation regulating above-ground chemical storage tanks and calling for a study of the long-term health effects following the spill.

WVU faculty members with expertise on various aspects of the spill, its impact and handling, include:



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