A Year After West Virginia Chemical Spill, Some Signs of Safer Water

National Geographic: A year ago Friday, Rebecca Roth experienced what she calls one of the "worst fears" she has known as a mother. A large-scale chemical spill on the Elk River near her home in Charleston, West Virginia, had unleashed an unknown amount of a coal-washing agent, possibly poisoning the local water supply. Roth, who had a two-year-old daughter and was then pregnant, was afraid she "could not keep her children safe and healthy." For weeks, nearly 300,000 people around Charleston, the state capital,......

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