Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 10, 2014

Crisis must stay in national spotlight

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — On Thursday, Jan. 9, 7,500 gallons of coal processing chemicals spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River. As a result, 300,000 people in nine counties were ordered not to use the water, not to drink, bathe or wash clothes with it. One week into the crisis, many were still without water and thousands have reported exposure symptoms from the chemical.

This public health crisis must be at the forefront of national attention so that our leaders ensure it isn’t repeated.

Brook Vernon

Marion, Va.