Charleston, W.Va.: "Minimum 'Several Days' Till Safe Water"

"Four days after a coal-processing chemical leaked into the Elk River, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration and West Virginia American Water Company were once again unable to give a firm timeline for when water service would be restored to 300,000 residents in the Kanawha Valley."

"A nine-county area of West Virginia is still under a 'state of emergency,' with tap water not to be used for anything but flushing toilets and fighting fires, but test results 'are trending in the right direction,' Tomblin said at a news conference Sunday night.

'I believe that we are at a point where we can say that we see light at the end of the tunnel,' Tomblin said."

Ken Ward Jr., Kate White, David Gutman, and Rachel Molenda report for the Charleston Gazette January 12, 2014.


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"Why Wasn't There a Plan?" (Charleston Gazette)

"State Ignored Plan for Tougher Chemical Oversight" (Charleston Gazette)

"Freedom Executive Kennedy Had Felonies" (Charleston Gazette)

"Crisis 'Pulls Back the Curtain' on Water Threats" (Charleston Gazette)

"Minimum 'Several Days' Till Safe Water" (Charleston Gazette)

"Scientists ID Amount of Chemical They Consider Safe" (Charleston Gazette)

"The Wait Continues for Safe Tap Water in West Virginia" (New York Times)

"Critics Say Chemical Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations" (New York Times)

"Water Flushing Started Sunday; Chemical Levels Coming Down" (WOWK-TV)

"West Virginia Water Officials Study Test Results After Chemical Spill" (CNN)

"Chemical Spill a Blow To West Virginia's Economy" (Aljazeera America)

"'Light at the End of the Tunnel' for West Virginia Water Crisis" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/13/2014