West Virginians Still Need Water After Coal Chemical Spill

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 5:46 pm

So little is known about 4-MCHM that regulators didn’t even know it’s boiling point. Now scientists are scrambling to find out how the chemical reacts with the chlorine in the municipal water system, and whether the chemical has leached into water heaters and water pipes in people’s homes. Authorities recommend that all pipes that have come in contact with the pollutant be flushed, including water heaters and outdoor faucets.

However, West Virginia American Water, the company that owns the water treatment facility contaminated by the coal chemical, is only offering a 10 dollar credit (1000 gallons) to consumers. The cost of flushing homes will therefore fall on already struggling West Virginians.


Google Promotes Failed Coal Lobby Work to Stop EPA Mercury and Toxic Air Regulations

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 3:00 pm

Google, the search giant with the famous motto: “Don’t be evil,” is boasting about its involvement in a 2012 coal industry lobbying effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect the public from dangerous and potentially lethal coal plant emissions, according to a recently discovered Google case study.

ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 5:12 pm

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the “Trojan Horse” behind mandating that climate change denial (“skepticism,” or “balance,” in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.

LetterGate: Fossil Fuel Lobby Ready to Point Fingers; What About the Targeted Reps?

By: Monday August 10, 2009 6:30 pm

Perhaps you’ve missed it, but in the climate / politics world there’s been a bit of a scandal that blew on 31 July: paid by the coal industry, a lobbying firm had sent forged letters to members of Congress against climate legislation. Don’t worry … it was all a ‘temporary’ employee who has been fired. Never mind. Nothing there. Go back to watching TV.

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