Comments for: What if chemists had a nontoxic goal? Would W.Va. water have been drinkable?

Posted Jan. 28, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.

Three weeks after thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning chemical spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River, some residents have only recently been told that their water is safe to drink. Very little toxicity data existed for the spilled chemical, 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol, or MCHM, so regulators didn’t have a threshold concentration below …

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