A Century of Controversy, Accidents in West Virginia’s Chemical Valley in Lead-up to Spill
Last week’s chemical spill is only the latest chemical accident in the Kanawha River Valley.
Even before last week's chemical spill fouled tap water in nine counties in West Virginia, where more than 200,000 people still cannot use their water after seven long days, it was not unusual to find black water running from kitchen faucets in homes outside Charleston.
Or to see children with chronic skin rashes. Or bathtub enamel eaten away, leaving locals to wonder what the same water was doing to their teeth.
"Welcome to our world," says Vivian Stockman, 52, a longtime resident of rural Roane County, north of Charleston, the state capital, and an activist with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.
Indeed, people who live in the Kanawha River Valley, which much of the world learned recently is also known as Chemical