On April 16, 2014, the PBS NewsHour broadcast an update on the January 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia. The segment includes the following:
*review of the basic facts of the spill;
*discussion of a law passed in 2014 by the West Virginia legislature, Senate Bill 373, which creates the “Above-ground Storage Tank Water Resources Protection Act” authorizing various actions related to chemical-storage tanks and protection of water resources (for a news account of the bill, see Tomblin Signs Storage Tank Bill, Charleston Gazette, 4/1/14);
*discussion of a long, detailed article published April 7, 2014, in The New Yorker magazine (Chemical Valley: The coal industry, the politicians, and the big spill) on the historic role of the chemical and coal industries in West Virginia’s economy and politics.
The 10 min./19 sec. PBS video is available at this link: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/west-virginia-chemical-spill-fallout/.