110 million. That’s how many Americans live close enough to a chemical facility to be at risk from a disaster.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now formally asking for public input on ways to improve its Risk Management Program which covers thousands of chemical facilities.
Tell them that we need safety to be a requirement for chemical facilities: http://bit.ly/1ybAGL3
On September 4th, Governor Tomblin announced his appointments to the Public Water System Supply Study Commission (PWSSSC). Congratulations to one of our long-time members, past spokesperson and community advocate, Pam Nixon, on her appointment as the citizen representative!
Additional appointments include:
- Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department appointed by Senate President Jeff Kessler (non-voting);
- Delegate Nancy Guthrie, Democratic representative for Kanawha County’s 36th district appointed by House Speaker Tim Miley (non-voting);
- Rick Roberts, P.E., who will serve as a professional engineer experienced in the design and construction of public water systems;
- Ed Watson, who will serve as a hydrologist experienced in determining the flow characteristics of rivers and streams;
- Dr. Mike McCawley, who will serve as an environmental toxicologist or other public health expert familiar with the impact of contaminants on the body; and
- Randy Huffman,Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection;
- Dr. Letitia Tierney, Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health;
- Jimmy Gianato (chair), Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management;
- Mike Albert, chairman of the Public Service Commission.
- Remaining appointments are outstanding from the WV Municipal League and the WV Rural Water Association.
The first meeting of the PWSSSC is on September 22 at 10am and will be held at the Governor’s Press Conference room adjacent to the Secretary of State’s office at the WV State Capitol.
Posted: Aug 30, 2014 5:54 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 30, 2014 10:34 AM EDT
By Jeffrey Spradlin, Overnight Producer
Emergency crews responded to the scene of a reported chemical release at the Dupont plant in Belle, West Virginia.
According to Kanawha County 911 dispatchers, the call came in as a vapor release just before 4 a.m. Saturday, August 30.
Dispatchers say that the leak was from a Amiens unit that had been shut down for maintenance. Emergency crews began containing the diluted Amiens, and was collected and treated on on site…
Read more at : http://www.wowktv.com/story/26409910/chemical-leak-reported-at-the-dupont-plant-in-belle-wv
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August 28, 2014
Sustained Outrage blog post by Ken Ward Jr.
The pressure continues to build on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session so West Virginia can walk back the landmark chemical tank safety and public drinking water law that miraculously made its way through the Legislature in the wake of January’s Freedom Industries spill and the Kanawha Valley water crisis that followed…
Read more at http://blogs.wvgazette.com/watchdog/2014/08/28/unintended-consequences-why-west-virginias-landmark-chemical-tank-safety-legislation-matters/
Posted in Bayer CropScience, Bhopal disaster, chemical, chemical disaster, chemical safety, Chemical Safety Board, Chemical Safety Improvement Act, chemical safety regulation, Chemical Valley, DuPont, emergency response, environmental health, EPA, EPCRA, Executive Order 13650, fenceline community, Institute, Kanawha River, Ken Ward Jr., MCHM, methyl isocyanate, MIC, Poverty and Chemical Disasters, right-to-know, Risk Management Plans, Sustained Outrage, toxic, toxic exposure, Toxic Substance Control Act, TSCA, Wasting Our Waterways, water quality, Who's in Danger?: Race, worker fatality, WV Water Crisis
Tagged Bayer explosion, chemical, chemical disaster, Chemical Safety Board, Chemical Valley, citizens, coal, CSB, DuPont Belle disaster, Elk River Chemical Spill, EPCRA, Hazardous Chemical release Prevention Program, Maya Nye, MCHM, oil and gas, People Concerned About Chemical Safety, right to know, RMP, SB373, tank bill, TSCA
August 19, 2014
by Dave Boucher, Charleston Daily Mail
Capitol Notebook Blog
None of West Virginia’s state public health officials were trained to respond to a chemical disaster at the time of the recent massive chemical leak and water contamination, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
West Virginia doesn’t have any state health officials specifically trained in responding to chemical disasters like the one that happened at Freedom Industries in January, according to a new federal report…
Read the full blog post at http://blogs.charlestondailymail.com/capitolnotebook/2014/08/19/cdc-no-wv-health-officials-specifically-trained-for-chemical-disaster/
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged ATSDR, CDC, Centers for Disease Control, chemical disaster, chemical exposure, Elk River Chemical Spill, emergency preparedness, environmental epidemiologist, environmental justice, Freedom Industries, largest chemical water contamination in US history, Letitia Tierney, occupational safety, water contamination, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, WV DHHR, wvchemleak
For decades, the people who harvest our food have risked their health in the course of their daily work, being continually exposed to pesticides just so that we can have food to eat. You can play a key role in helping to push the EPA to keep their promise to farmworkers and to do their job to protect the people who harvest our food.
The EPA is proposing revisions to the Worker Protection Standard that provide workplace protections to farmworkers. To help make your voice heard on this issue, click here.
by David Gutman, Staff writer and Ken Ward Jr.
Valves failed Wednesday on two chemical storage tanks at a Nitro industrial waste-handling facility, causing an explosion and an oil leak that was contained within the operation’s spill-collection system, officials said. – See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140806/GZ01/140809552/1419#sthash.IAxF8wtm.dpuf
Posted in chemical, chemical disaster, chemical safety, Chemical Safety Board, Chemical Safety Improvement Act, chemical safety regulation, Chemical Valley, emergency response, Kanawha River, Ken Ward Jr., Manchin, Nitro, Poverty and Chemical Disasters, right-to-know, water quality, WV, WV Water Crisis
Tagged chemical disaster, chemical explosion, coal chemicals, compressor process water, energy development, explosion, natural gas chemicals, Nitro, non hazardous, oil leak, Poca Blending, Spirit Services, West Virginia, WV
As of this morning, the Toledo water ban has been lifted. Water distribution has ceased even though some residents don’t feel safe resuming normal consumption just yet. Having experienced similar circumstances in WV, it’s easy to relate.
Thanks to those who assisted in water relief efforts for our Toledo neighbors. Let us not forget others in Detroit, other parts of WV and Bhopal who still need clean drinking water.