Posted by Michelle Moquin on 14th January 2014
Oops, I posted Money Matters on Monday instead of today, where I try to reserve this space and day for finances. Oh well. There’s always something else to say, right?
Today’s write is about what what happens when we allow industry to regulate itself (c’mon no one polices themselves!) or defund the State and Federal agencies responsible for doing the policing. Which means we either don’t have enough people in these agencies or the offices are sitting empty. Either way, shit happens or shit doesn’t get done.
Yes, there is a reason why I am saying so much “shit.” Fifteen percent of West Virginia couldn’t use any of their tap water except to put out fires (Okay how many of us do that on a daily basis?) or flush their toilets – a needed daily duty. Yep…don’t drink the water…don’t bathe in it. I guess that’s a clue that the water is only good for shit. No pun intended.
Here’s the write from Think Progress:
An environmental enforcement boat patrols in front of the chemical spill at Freedom Industries.
As over 300,000 people in West Virginia face a fourth day without water, state environmental officials are now estimating that as much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to process coal — Crude MCHM — may have spilled into the Elk River. That number is a substantial increase from early estimates of 2,000 to 5,000 gallons.
The chemical leak, first reported Thursday, was at a facility owned by Freedom Industries along the Elk River, just 1.5 miles upstream from a major intake used by the largest water utility in the state, West Virginia American Water.
At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water Company, said that it would likely still be “several days” before tap water in the nine counties affected would be safe for anything besides flushing toilets.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has set the standard of 1 part per million as a safe concentration of Crude MCHM in drinking water. Levels of the chemical must remain below this threshold for over 24 hours of testing before the water company can begin flushing the system.
At a press briefing Saturday evening, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) office released the first results of the now round-the-clock water sampling efforts. While some tests are coming in below the safe threshold, the system is still far from clean. Eight out of 18 recent test results tested above 1 part per million. Some of the earliest tests showed concentrations as high as 3 parts per million.
“The reason the numbers are going down is we believe less of the material is getting into the water,” said Mike Dorsey, the chief of homeland security and emergency response at the State Department of Environmental Protection. “We have cut of the source of the leak, the tank. There is still material under the concrete and the soil. We’ve taken aggressive measures on the shore line below the site.”
A team from the Chemical Safety Board will arrive in West Virginia on Monday to begin the long process of assessing the cause of the spill. The CSB is an independent federal agency with the authority to investigate industrial chemical accidents. The agency issues recommendations for prevention of future accidents
To date, FEMA has brought in 1.4 million liters of water for residents. An additional 1.6 million liters are expected to come in over the course of the weekend.
The New York Times reported Saturday that at least 122 people have gone to local hospitals complaining of nausea, vomiting, and skin and eye irritation.
Here’s a clip from the Maddow show last night. The president of the company Gary Southern, finally faced local reporters after one and a half days of saying nothing. Love the way Southern says he is having an extremely long day, as he sips on his bottled water. What about the people who are left without water from the problem your company caused?
Readers: Southern’s “I’m so tired…don’t want to answer any questions, feel sorry for me attitude,” comes off as lack of concern, to me. He’s having a hard time talking? Uh…I’m having a hard time finding clean drinking water – do you think you can tell us what happened? Kudos to female reporter for demanding he answer questions.
And don’t you just love the republican name of these polluters, “Freedom Industries.” The republicans just love the “feel good” names to make you think they are “do good” companies? Uh huh. Because we all know that they really don’t give a shit. Oops said it again. It’s so easy to do – “shit,” it’s sort of synonymous with repubs, right?
Howie: Ever since the TWO have been brought up on my blog, I have found it to be fascinating. I have a couple of questions. I am assuming that the Wopre who do not believe in the Gods, do not believe in the TWO either, or what the TWO represent? If they did, they would know that if the TWO were killed it would be the end of the universe expanding. Am I correct too when I say it would also mean the end to everything? Not sure if I have that right.
I also remember that the TWO are not together always. For either One of Them to be killed, both must be killed at the same time by the same event. Correct? So how do they find each other so that they can create new space etc., or just to meld? And do they remember when they are together?
Also with respect to the Gods is One of the Gods missing currently and the other two are looking for the One? From what I remember from a few years ago, they are all together. Am I correct and is that true today or is One missing?
I have more questions but I think I have asked enough. Thanks!
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