The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

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Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm Even less reassuring, the news came out Wednesday that there was another mysterious chemical spill in that leak , and officials are now testing to make sure the water treatment facility removed that chemical. Now they're telling us not to drink the water?

"Pure" Water has Contaminants

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not linked From msnbc Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants, including cancer-linked chemicals three times higher than California's health standard, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group. The findings challenge the popular impression — and marketing pitch — that bottled water is purer than tap water, the researchers say. And most of the detected contaminants are common in tap water, too.

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Recovery from WV Coal Chemical Spill Continues - What Next?

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More than 300,000 people in the WV capital of Charleston and downstream counties have been without water for eight days and counting. A tank of this chemical, located immediately above the largest drinking water intake in WV, leaked.   Some residents have been told they can start flushing out their water systems while others are still using bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

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Enough is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

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When it comes to rivers and clean, safe water, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia's capitol city, and then toxic coal ash from a retired Duke Energy power plant spilled into North Carolina's Dan River ( and now there's another coal slurry spill in WV ).

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Volunteer Profile: Getting Water to WV Residents - Fighting to Keep WV Water Clean

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Jen-Osha, her staff and a band of volunteers spend their time raising awareness about the dangers of mountaintop removal coal mining, promoting local arts and engaging in educational programs for youth in West Virginia. Uncommon in normal times, the impulse to reach out and help those in need, has turned into the driving passion for many in West Virginia. Water, clean and pure from the tap, seems to be an undeniable truth.

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Help the Environment by Avoiding These Single-Use Plastics


Our air, water, food, wildlife, the nature we go to the very ends of the globe just to adore, is being abused by nonessential plastics that are devastating a very essential life source that we fully depend on to not only exist, but to thrive. Straws, grocery bags, coffee lids, plastic bottles, plastic packaging, take-away containers, plastic cutlery, bottle caps– simply put, plastic material designed for one-time use and then sudden disposal. Plastic bottles.

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Slovenia, part 1: the green mouse that roars

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The hotel gets most of its energy from a 1,400-foot-deep geothermal well, which provides not only heat and electricity, but water for showers, laundry and the accompanying aquapark. Paints and lacquers are water-based and eco-friendly. Water filtering is done without chemical chlorine, and the outdoor pools are heated from “waste warmth” from the hotel. Taking the waters. Therme Snovik: "Daisy"-awarded waters. | Central Europe’s Eco-treasure |.