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Legislative column: Making sure similar disasters don't happen again

January 26, 2014
By SEN. ROCKY FITZSIMMONS , Weirton Daily Times

The first two and a half weeks of the legislative session have been dominated by the Jan. 9, 2014 chemical spill which left nearly 300,000 state residents without consumable water. As much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical known as "crude MCHM" leaked from an above-ground storage tank owned by Freedom Industries into the Elk River in Kanawha County.

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