Chemical Spills

By Blake Albert

One of the most devastating chemical spills occurred in West Virginia. About 5,000 gallons of 4-methylcylohexane methanol (MCHM) spilled into Elk River. Chemical spills should be prevented by a few simple restrictions.


Chemical spills much like the one that occurred in Elk River happen because of leaking chemical tanks alongside a water supply. No laws have been made to prevent these from happening, but just one could stop most spill from happening. That one law would be that no containers of dangerous substances are allowed to be placed next to a major water supply. The reason that this law has not been made is because the government thinks that it would scare off potential businesses.


The Elk River chemical spill affected West Virginia for a long period of time. Almost all places that previously had clean water could not be used because of a chemical in the water. Water had to be shipped in from surrounding places so that everyone could drink, bathe, and survive. For all of these people to get clean water, they had to travel possibly miles outside of their homes when they used to be able to easily get water from their homes when they used to be able to easily get water from their sink faucet. All of this should have been prevented by one simple law.


Preventing these events that devastate people's lives is very simple, but no one seems to see the tragedy that these people are going through. Lives are at risk, and they're to blame. everybody should make a difference in people's lives by preventing tragedies such as this.

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