WINIFREDE, W.Va. — The state DEP said Thursday five samples taken from an eastern Kanawha County creek and the Kanawha River following a Tuesday coal slurry spill showed non-detect levels for MCHM.

More than 100,000 gallons of slurry spilled into Fields Creek near Winifrede following an equipment malfunction at Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant owned by Patriot Coal. Patriot had stopped using MCHM in the processing of coal. MCHM was the chemical that spilled from Freedom Industries into the Elk River Jan. 9 that began a water emergency in parts of nine counties.

The DEP said Thursday the coal slurry spill impacted approximately six miles of Fields Creek. Three samples for MCHM were taken from Fields Creek and two from the Kanawha River. All came back at non-detect. The agency said there will be additional sampling.

The prep plant remains closed. It’s under a cessation order from the DEP as the investigation into the spill continues.

 

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Comments

  • Brian

    Why pick MCHM to test? Simple politics. Most Americans have a 10 minute memory including West Virginians. Why not test for c8? I bet most people don't even remember what it is or where in WV was spilled. Why not? After all we've got google.

  • Hillboy

    No MCHM detected, so all is well! Everybody go back to what they were doing.

  • HOSA

    SINCE THE FIRST MAJOR CHEMICAL SPILL OF MCHM, THE PREP PLANT HAS SUPPOSIDLY REPLACED THE CHEMICAL MCHM WITH ANOTHER TYPE OF CHEMICAL TO CLEAN THE COAL WITH. I WONDER WHAT STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE ON IT AND THE EFFECTS THAT IT MAY HAVE ON PEOPLE WHO COME INTO CONTACT WITH IT? THESE TYPES OF CHEMICALS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE MARKET UNTIL THESE TYPES OF ANSWERS ARE ANSWERED FOR THE PEOPLES SAKE.