West Virginia water contamination attorneys note that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency following the leak of a chemical used in the coal-prep process that has affected the drinking water in eight counties. Residents of Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson Counties have been advised by West Virginia American Water to not use their water for bathing, cooking or drinking.
According to a report from television station WCHS:
A chemical leak was reported Thursday morning at Freedom Industries in Charleston. The chemical, 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, is used in the coal prep-process.
That chemical leaked into the Elk River, upstream from the West Virginia American Water treatment facility. At first, the water company said the water was safe, but several hours later, they issued the “Do not use” advisory and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency.
The report further advised that those who were ill, distressed or have medical issues that would need immediate assistance were asked to contact the Emergency Operations Center at 304-746-8828. “Symptoms to look out for include nausea, vomiting, severe eye irritation and a burning sensation. Severe symptoms include severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.”
Affected by the Chemical Leak? Water Contamination Attorneys Can Help
Although Americans depend on fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas to supply their energy needs, when companies handling those products fail to exercise reasonable care to protect people and the environment from harm, affected individuals often have legal claim. If you have been injured or damaged as a result of the West Virginia Chemical Leak, a water contamination attorney can assist you in recovering the compensation to which you may be entitled.
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If you would like additional information about the Elk River Chemical Leak and potential claims that you may have as a result of the water contamination, contact Attorney Group today for a free, no obligation consultation. We will review your case, and if we determine you have valid claim we will connect you with a West Virginia water contamination attorney to assist you in bringing a claim against the parties responsible for your damages. Certain factors may limit the time you have to bring a claim, so contact us today.