Last Do Not Use Order Lifted, Still Little Known About Dangers of Chemical
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on January 17, 2014 @ 7:06PM
Created on January 17, 2014 @ 5:50PM
The do not use order for the water in nine West Virginia counties has finally been lifted in all areas, but this disaster is far from over.
The Center for Disease Control is saying all the water is now safe to drink, despite the fact that they don't know much about the chemical. On top of this, the company responsible for the chemical leak has just filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Freedom Industries has declared bankruptcy in the face of two dozen lawsuits and several investigations. This filing will allow them to reorganize and continue operating under federal law. Meanwhile the CDC is telling people the water that was contaminated with 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemical is now safe, but that pregnant women should still avoid it. This entire incident has made some people in the affected area consider leaving their homes.
"I have a child and I want to raise him here and I want to know that he's going to grow up safe," said Charleston resident Jaqueline Bevan. "I feel like West Virginia's let me down."
Officials in Charleston say that once the system is fully restored, they will continue to test the water at the parts per billion level to make sure the supply is completely free of chemicals and safe to drink.
Governor Tomblin has said bottled water will continue to be distributed to people who do not feel comfortable drinking the water.
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