West Virginia spill shows vulnerability of water supply

Jan 16, 2014 7:16 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Some homeland security experts say last week's chemical spill in West Virginia is proof that the United States hasn't done nearly enough to protect water systems from accidental spills or deliberate contamination.

The chemical that leaked from a company into the water supply for some 300,000 people isn't one that water utilities test for.

And before the spill, no standards existed for measuring it in water. No one became seriously ill from the spill.


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