White House Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of West Virginia and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill beginning on January 9, 2014, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Boone, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Michael J. Lapinski as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.


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  • Dan

    The concentration of 4-Methyl Cyclohexane in the WVA water is 1ppb. Equivalent to 0.0001 ppm. My book "Handbook of Environmental Data on Organic Chemistry" says that they fed monkeys 373 ppm, 6 hr/day, 5 days/w, 10 weeks. With no sign of illness.
    Ain't it good to know that Obama - congress - the senate and the rest of the "Monkeys" running our country are immune to 4-Methyl Cyclohexane - But the rest of us will be glowing in the dark and turning into Zombies !!

  • Sue

    In my opinion, the majority of these comments, as of 3:01 pm, are disgusting.

  • Kay

    You guys would complain if he didn't do anything, complain when he does. Either way, you've set yourselves up to always having a complaint. Just think, had you been upset ten years ago, things may not have gotten to this point. Thanks for jumping on the bandwagon AFTER the fact. You aren't complaining AT ALL about the company, just the president. I imagine things like this will cease to happen altogether once we have a new president, right? The fact you felt the need to post multiple posts as opposed to one well thought out reply proves your opinions should probably not be taken very seriously, that is flaky, emotionally driven behavior. Not the type of behavior that makes rational choices.

  • Buck

    Let me guess.......this declaration by Obama was made at the 12th tee?

  • Bar the door Katy

    All the snarky lawyers will be circling the wagons now. To the remaining professionals, I still support you.

  • James

    All chemical plants must be located as close as possible to the source of drinking water. WV code.

  • Mike

    Thanks Obama

  • sam

    bring all your guns and turn them over

  • boredoyou

    Uncle Sam, please go to Charleston have a cool drink of tap water and just chill.

    • Uncle SAM

      I'm already there!! I'm the one telling you not to drink the water and come to me for your needs..

      • Uncle SAM

        Oh, and Bore,,, are you saying I didn't do that in New Orleans?

  • Uncle SAM

    Are you sure you want me there controlling your most basic survival need like water? Oh!! My Bad, I already do!! BRahhhAAAAAAA

    Be advised, the longer this goes the more control I have-- When your desperation finally reaches an intolerable plateau I will call for the exchange of your firearm for a ration of water... Just like New Orleans!! BraHHhaaaa!!!!

    • Jeff

      You're the worst novelty account ever

      • Uncle SAM


        I would have to say Uncle Sam is the worst it's ever been--- EVER

    • Uncle SAM

      The Foodland on the Westside of Charleston was looted and forced to close last night--- That's my first foot in the door!!! BRahaaaaaaa!!