I don't have the time today to give this the detailed treatment it deserves, but the more I read about the circumstances surrounding the chemical spill in West Virginia that resulted in days of no potable water for 300,000 people, including critical users like hospitals, the less I like what seems to be a state-wide pattern of skirting regulations, and bowing to the pressure of coal mining interests.
Here's some interesting reading for anyone who'd like to know more:
- NY Times article about WV's poor environmental record and lax standards
- WV Public Broadcasting article with an updated timeline of events
- Business Week profile on Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill
- NPR article about the unknown effects of exposure to 4-Methycyclohexylmethanol
- The most recent Safety Data Sheet I could find for 4-Methylcyclohexylmethane
Something stinks there, and it's not just the water.