West Virginia Chemical Spill: Learn Lessons and Let States Lead
On January 9, a leak in an above-ground storage facility spilled chemicals into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia, contaminating potable water affecting nine counties. But environmental pressure groups and big-government proponents are using the spill to serve their own agendas. While the incident warrants investigation and thoughtful examination of the storage of chemicals, it does not warrant activist propaganda that diverts attention from determining what went wrong and how to better promote safety. Nor does the spill warrant immediate reactions such as overbearing federal regulations that do more harm than good.