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West Virginia residents demand clean drinking water

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 01:07

Jan. 19 - Charleston-area residents are fighting for completely clean drinking water, 10 days after a chemical spill contaminated their main water source. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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West Virginia authorities have lifted a ban on using tap water, after a chemical spill had contaminated it. Charleston-area residents were told the concentration of a chemical used to wash coal is so low that it won't be harmful. But many locals aren't buying it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER STEPHANIE DEVANEY, SAYING: "It turned my hair green. It did. I was a blonde." Dozens of protesters came out to the state Capitol in Charleston, demanding the water company fix the problem. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER JOSH SCOTT, SAYING: "This right here, I know you can't smell this on television, this is straight out of my tap this morning and it smells like licorice. I won't put my kid in it. I won't put my wife in it. They're saying it's safe. It's not safe." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER TOM DEVANEY, SAYING: "They said I had exposure to contaminated water and I was spitting up like foam." Crews have been flushing out the water system around Charleston since the chemical leaked from a massive storage container into the Elk River. But local residents say they won't stop until they get what they deserve. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER STEPHANIE DEVANEY, SAYING: "We will stand up for ourselves. We're not going to back down. You know, we deserve fresh drinking water. We deserve clean water." The company responsible -- Freedom Industries -- has declared bankruptcy.

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West Virginia residents demand clean drinking water

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 01:07