MORE WEST VIRGINIA NEWS
West Virginia News
News from the region's first prime-time newscast. You'll find it First On Fox!
Chemical used in coal preparation process spills into W.Va. river, gives off licorice smell
Reported by: Associated Press
Thursday, January 9, 2014 4:57 PM EST
State environmental officials are investigating a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston.
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise says the chemical is used in the coal preparation process and isn't toxic.
Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Manager C.W. Sigman says the chemical gave off a strong licorice smell.
West Virginia American Water spokeswoman Laura Jordan says the chemical would be removed at a nearby water treatment plant and posed no threat to customers.
Freedom Industries provides specialty chemicals for the mining, cement and steel industries. A woman who answered the phone at the company said no one was available for comment Thursday.