The Environmental Health Impact and Response to the Elk River Chemical Spill
On January 9, 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of industrial chemical 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) spilled into the Elk River in Kanawha County, West Virginia, contaminating the water and subsequently resulting in the shutdown of the municipal water system. While it resulted in an extraordinary inter-disciplinary public health response, the West Virginia water crisis received national and global attention. Come discuss the concerns this incident raised about national water security and the effectiveness of public health infrastructure to handle large emergencies.
Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC