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Elk River, WV
Elk River, West Virginia. Credit: Craig Stihler, WVDNR

Service officials begin pre-assessment at W.Va.'s Elk River spill 

January 15, 2014

As much as 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or crude MCHM, leaked into the Elk River on January 9 near the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant in Charleston, W.Va. When chemicals such as MCHM enter the environment, our agency, along with other governmental partners, assesses the injuries to fish, wildlife and their habitats. In coordination with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, we've initiated this process on the Elk River.

Learn more about the natural resource damage assessment process


Last updated: April 15, 2014