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Response to chemical spill in West Virginia
A foaming agent used in the coal preparation process spilled into the Elk River on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in the central and southwestern parts of West Virginia. The chemical spill resulted in a state of emergency declaration by the West Virginia governor in a nine county area surrounding Charleston and also led to a presidential emergency declaration.
Approximately 200,000 people in West Virginia are affected and are under an order advising them not to use water for drinking, washing, cooking or bathing; boiling water will not remove the chemical.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to a request from the Presbytery of West Virginia with a grant from One Great Hour of Sharing funds and by sending members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) with prior experience of responding to chemical spills. The Presbytery is working with the West Virginia Council of Churches in facilitating communication and relaying needs. Member churches are helping with outreach to the community.
Please keep the communities in West Virgina impacted by this disaster in your prayers.