Victims Affected Elk River Spill

Victims Affected Elk River Spill

Victims Affected

Thousands of businesses and residents and West Virginia were not able to drink, cook, bathe or wash clothes.

Thousands Affected By Chemical Spill

Thousands Affected By Chemical Spill

Lives At Risk

The spill put approximately 300,000 people at risk. People suffered from health risks and were faced with widespread fear.

Help For Victims

Help For Victims


Our class action lawsuit seeks to help compensate people who were affected by the chemical spill in any way.

Chemical Holding Tanks

Chemical Holding Tanks

Chemical Spill in Elk River

Contaminates Water in Nine Counties

On January 9, 2014, someone noticed a strange smell coming from a storage facility owned by Freedom Industries along Elk River in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The smell was coming from a toxic substance known as 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (“MCHM”), which was leaking out of a 48,000-gallon tank on the premises. West Virginia-American Water Company relies heavily on the Elk River for its water treatment, and as a result the substance was delivered into the homes of thousands customers.

  • The spill shut down a large portion of the state’s capital.
  • The office of the Governor of West Virginia declared a state of emergency.
  • Residents advised not to not drink, bathe or wash clothes.
Chemical Holding Tanks

Chemical Holding Tanks

Chemical and Water Company

Chemical and Water Company

Tanks Leak Origin

Tanks Leak Origin

Knowledge Of The Spill

Freedom Industries and West Virginia-American Water Company allegedly knew about the spill soon after it was reported, but didn’t warn the public or close off its intake from the Elk River until hours later. Furthermore, hours passed until the West Virginia-American Water Company even began testing for MCHM. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board and other federal authorities have opened an investigation over the spill.

Authorities have taken issue with the chemical spill, especially after a lawmaking session in the Capitol was cut short on January 10th, 2014 due to a lack of water. This incident has led many to question how Freedom Industries has been able to dodge health and safety regulations this entire time. Randy Huffman, the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, has publicly stated that there is “no question” that Freedom should have alerted the public sooner

Knowledge Of The Spill

Knowledge Of The Spill

4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol ("MCHM"),

4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (“MCHM”),

4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (“MCHM”) Spill

MCHM is a substance that is used to wash coal of its impurities. It is dangerous if swallowed, and can irritate the skin and eyes. News outlets in West Virginia have warned residents that exposure to the substance could cause nausea, vomiting and skin irritation. MCHM has a licorice-like odor.

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WVA Water Tap Testing

Following Chemical Spill. WV Tap Water Samples Collected, Test Results Expected in 1-3 weeks

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More than a Month After Elk River Chemical Spill, Many West Virginians Still Doubtful of Water

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Another Spill Coal Slurry West Virginia

Another MCHM Chemical Spill in West Virginia

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Before Elk River Spill, Federal Safety Inspectors Found that Freedom Tank Did Not Meet Industry Standards

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Water Testing Grants West Virginia

Three Grants Awarded by the NSF for Study of the West Virginia Chemical Spill

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West Virginia Elk River Formaldehyde

West Virginians May be Inhaling Formaldehyde Too, Town Meeting Reveals

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Freedom Industries Chemical Disclosure

Freedom Failed to Disclose that Another Chemical Leaked into Elk River

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We Seek To Help Those Affected

Our class action lawsuit seeks to help compensate people who were affected by the chemical spill in any way. We believe that companies should be held responsible for their actions.