4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol. On January 9, 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of an industrial chemical, 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM), spilled into the Elk River just upstream from the Kanawha County municipal water intake in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Advocacy Letter   January 12, 2018
Letter Requesting the Legislature Consider Recommendations of the Public Water System Supply Study Commission
Following the water crisis of 2014, the Legislature established the Public Water System Supply Study Commission to provide annual recommendations to protect the state’s drinking water supplies. WV CAG joined allies in urging the Legislature to give the Commission's 2017 report and its recommendations ample consideration in the interest of advancing public policy protective of public health.  More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEnergyMCHMPollutionWater
Action Alert   January 5, 2018
Documentary Film Screening Marks Anniversary of 2014 Water Crisis
To mark the fourth anniversary of the water crisis, the WV International Film Festival (WVIFF) is hosting a work in-progress preview of a new film with an important connection to our community. Still Life, is a feature documentary about the chemical spill of 2014, the urban crises it caused, and the foundation of chronic environmental devastation within which it occurred. Click here for showtimes and more information. This is also a reminder that those affected by the water crisis are eligible to file claims as part of the proposed class action settlement of lawsuits filed in response to the chemical spill. More info. here. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCivil JusticeEnergyMCHMWater
Action Alert Ciera Pennington January 9, 2016
Don’t let WV American Water off the hook!
Tell the WV Public Service Commission (PSC) not to let WV American Water off the hook for the chemical spill response! More
Issues: MCHMWater
Action Alert Ciera Pennington December 22, 2015
Join us for the two-year anniversary event of the #wvwatercrisis!
In conjunction with the two-year anniversary of the water crisis, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and local partners, including WV CAG, are hosting a Safe Water Public Forum at the WV Culture Center in Charleston on January 9th from 3-6 pm. More
Issues: EventMCHMWater
Action Alert Ciera Pennington September 8, 2015
Demand a safe, locally owned water system!
Nearly two years after the water crisis, New Jersey-based West Virginia American Water is still refusing to invest in a safe water system, while letting our infrastructure fall apart and raising our rates! We are far from having the safe water system we need and deserve. More
Issues: EventMCHMWater
Action Alert Karan Ireland May 21, 2015
Join the movement for a safe water system!
Citizen Action Group Action Alert View / Comment Online Last Sunday, ratepayers rallied at WV American Water’s Treatment Plant to tell the company that we refuse to pay for their mistakes.Sunday’s action was just the beginning. The Public Service Commission has until late February 2016 to make its decision about WV American Water’s proposed 30% […] More
Issues: MCHMWater
Newsletter Julie Archer March 21, 2015
Legislative Wrap-Up: 2015 Session Closes
Campaign Finance Legislation Stalls in House; Non-Partisan Judicial Elections, Other Reforms Headed to Governor; Aboveground Storage Tank Act Amended; Some Good News For Water Quality; Reflections on Internship with CAG; Recycling Cooperatives Bill Headed to Governor; Energy Efficient WV Fought off Bad Policy, Ran out of Time on Another; Selma Memory March This Sunday. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksClean electionsEnergy efficiencyMCHMRecyclingWater
MCHM tanks
Action Alert Karan Ireland March 10, 2015
I have a big favor to ask of you!
The House Judiciary Committee passed SB 423 without amendment on Monday evening. We have reason to believe that your voices at last Friday’s public hearing have prevented further weakening of the bill, but we still need to beef it up or kill it altogether. We have something big to ask of you! More
Issues: Aboveground tanksMCHMWater
Newsletter jessica March 8, 2015
Week 8: Home Stretch but No Time to Rest!
No Time to Rest. Sustained Outrage Needed. More
Issues: Clean electionsEducationMCHMRecyclingRight to workWater
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Action Alert Karan Ireland March 4, 2015
Will You Tell Your Story on Friday?
Tell the West Virginia House of Delegates we won't accept legislation that leaves our water systems, families, and communities at risk! The House is having a Public Hearing this Friday, March 6 at 8:30 am. It's urgent that we pack the House on and let them know WE HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN! More
Issues: MCHMWater
MCHM tanks
Action Alert Karan Ireland February 3, 2015
Drinking Water Protections Under Attack
We need your calls and emails today! Drinking water protections are under attack at the State Capitol. More
Issues: MCHMWater
Charleston WV Water Crisis
Action Alert Karan Ireland January 5, 2015
Friday January 9 Activities Mark Anniversary of Water Crisis
A year ago on January 9, many of us woke and wondered what was in the air that could be causing a strange licorice-like odor? Later, we learned that it was not only our air, but our water, that had been contaminated here in Charleston, and in eight other neighboring counties. More
Issues: MCHMWater
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett January 17, 2014
WV Citizen Action Statement on WV Water Crisis
WV Citizen Action Statement on WV Water Crisis More than a week after tanks at Freedom Industries leaked 7500 gallons of a toxic chemical 4 Methylcyclohexane Methanol (4 MCHM) into the Elk River, citizens across the region remain at risk of exposure. Many citizens are questioning why this disaster was allowed to happen and how […] More
Issues: MCHMWater
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