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Minutes count during a disaster

April 25, 2014

Amid all the questions, murky details and recriminations about the Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston, one thing is becoming crystal clear: Minutes count in reacting to such disasters....

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Apr-26-14 1:14 AM

I agree. It was also an interesting placement location of chemical storage tanks. On an embankment/bluff overlooking the Elk River. We're they deliberately situated there to begin with? Gee, as if gravity wasn't obvious enough to think that decision through. I can't believe Delegate Lawrence almost lost her eyesight! That's the price we have to pay for allowing too much freedom to Freedom Industries. Some can't handle their own profession.

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Apr-25-14 4:32 PM

When you have a spill like this, you cannot mobilize until you know what the threat is, and what you're dealing with. When the city of Charleston decided to keep the intake open, they had no idea what they were dealing with, or if it was flammable. Not closing them was stupid. All fire departments have tanker trucks, and with Charleston situated on the banks of the river, how much trouble would it be to send the tankers in succession getting water? That was a lame excuse for no one was smart enough to make the decision. The smart thing to do was shut the valve, isolate what safe drinking water you have, and deal with the spill after the people's drinking water was safely blocked from the contamination.

That was too simple. Instead, they left the intake open, contaminating the entire water system. Now we found out that the chemical was new, had no information on how toxic it was or what the long term affects would be. Stupidity, just plain unadulterated stupidity.

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