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Thursday, January 16, 2014

This Just Sickens Me

So this weekend, the 60 mile long toxic chemical plume of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol from the chemical spill in West Virginia is passing by Evansville in the Ohio River.

The Ohio River today, before the nastiness hits.

While I realize that by the time it's here, it will be extremely diluted and well below the 1 ppm the CDC is recommending as a safe level. In fact, it already is. Does that mean I'm going to have anything to do with tap water over the weekend? Heck no! 

Here is the Material Safety Data Sheet for MCHM. If you look, you can see that very little is known about this chemical other than it's classified as an irritant. I'm sorry, but I don't want myself or my family exposed to this in any quantity, supposedly deemed "safe" or not. The CDC later came out and said that pregnant women shouldn't drink the water at all if this chemical is in it. Um. What happened to its safe for everyone if it's less than 1 ppm? Yeah. I think that that means NO ONE should drink it, including animals. 


Some of you may have seen this photo posted around Facebook lately. I have heard that this is a fake photo. Regardless of whether or not it is, this is serious stuff. People that have been drinking the water after it was deemed safe have gotten really sick. I feel so badly for those 300,000 people in the immediate vicinity that have to deal with this for an extended period of time. I really do. However, there are millions that are affected by this. Simply because we live downstream. While some cities, like Cincinnati, closed their water intake for the time the chemical passed through, my city cannot. We have been told that there isn't enough water to last an hour if the intake was closed because the city's reserves are already so low due to a high incidence of water main breaks. 

The best part about all of this is that it doesn't affect just our drinking and cooking water. It affects taking a shower, doing the dishes, the laundry, giving the cats water. Even flushing the toilet! You better believe that I have filled up every container I have at home with water AND bought several cases at the store, even though a little part of me died inside doing it. 

The suckiest part about all of this is that the company responsible will pay a hefty fine and cleanup fees then it will be forgotten, just like every other oil and chemical spill out there. 

Shame on you, Freedom Industries! Shame on you!

ETA: Apparently updated information has predicted that it will arrive at Cannelton Lock and Dam around 1AM Sunday. Unfortunately for us, that means that it will arrived in the Evansville area probably late Monday/early Tuesday. 

13 comments:

  1. oh icky. Stuff like this saddens me.

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  2. The media is totally downplaying it, saying that it's totally safe. Who knows, maybe it really is. I'm sure people are overreacting to an extent. But, all I know is that if the CDC says pregnant women shouldn't be exposed to MCHM in any quantity, than neither should anyone else!

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  3. It is really sad. Accidents do happen, but, the majority of the time it's preventable with some heavier regulation.

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  4. Definitely a fan of Netflix randomness too!

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  5. I saw this, this morning on Facebook, how horrible.

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  6. I live in WV, about 3 1/2 hours north of the spill. Thankfully this didn't affect us. This has made me so sick too! I saw some people on the news showing the water in a glass, it looked like water with oil floating in it. And the media says it's safe? Who would want to ingest that!? Not me!!

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  7. Ugh! I'm sure you have seen so much more of the craziness that we have here. It's so ridiculous here because we really are getting very little information about any of it. I'm glad that you don't have to deal with it!

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  8. It's awful. And currently making its way here! :(

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  9. Haha, he sounds like my husband. We don't go to movies either ;)

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  10. We used all the time before we had kids! Now, I think we went to the movies maybe twice last year? It's bad when I don't remember what the last film we saw in the theater is.

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  11. We have very different tastes so I'm really glad each person gets their own "channel" now!

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  12. Oh that is just terrible. Spills like this do such huge amounts of damage to the environment.

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  13. I know. It's just awful! The plume passed us yesterday and our waterworks said that it was so diluted that it wasn't even detectable. Yet, if it wasn't detectable then how did they know it passed us? Hmm...we decided to use our bottled water and water from the containers we filled. At the very least, we now have some water stored in case we were to ever need it again.

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