In West Virginia, more than a quarter million residents are unable to bathe, shower or drink tap water after a chemical spill into the Elk River near state capital Charleston.
The state's governor says up to 5,000 gallons (18,927 liters) of the industrial chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or Crude MCHM, leaked into the river Thursday. A state of emergency for nine counties went into effect yesterday; the President has issued a declaration of emergency. Schools and businesses in Charleston are closed.
The chemical, which smells like licorice, can cause headaches, eye and skin irritation, and difficulty breathing from prolonged exposures at high concentrations." NYT:
The owner of the ruptured tank, Freedom Industries, processes and stores chemicals used in the coal industry in 14 tanks on the Elk River, 2.5 miles upstream from the junction of the Kanawha River in downtown Charleston. An Environmental Protection Agency report on the chemical facility showed no violations in the last three years.
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Some truths are universal. For one, your phone will always run out of power when you most need it. For another, the charging cords that come packaged with your Apple device will fray, split, and rip faster than Usain Bolt in a game of tag.Instead, pick up a charging cord that anyone would have a tough […]
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Bluetooth speakers may be convenient to use, but many of them just aren’t that powerful. Sure, it may be fine if you’re seated in front of the speaker. But move across the room, and you may strain to hear what’s coming from those tiny drivers.There’s a reason why the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox (now $79.99 in the Boing […]