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Federal and state authorities have declared a state of emergency after a chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia. Authorities have told people in nine state counties not to drink, cook, bathe or wash clothes with the contaminated water.
The warning came after the West Virginia American Water company notified officials that the contamination had overwhelmed treatment plants.
Reuters is reporting that the spill came from a tank owned by a Charleston based company, Freedom Industries, and it happened near the intake of the Kanawaha Valley water treatment plan.
West Virginia Public Radio reporter Ashton Marra speaks with Here & Now's Robin Young about the situation.
This segment aired on January 10, 2014.