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West Virginia's Chemical-Laden Drinking Water Crisis, in One GIF

Residents in the area are reporting nausea and rashes after any contact with tap water.

Earlier this month, the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents was contaminated by a spill of an industrial chemical called MCHM crude. Watchdog groups said the spill released "unknown amounts of crude MCHM, of unknown toxicity, and for an unknown amount of time," which has left residents wondering when they'll be able to drink their water again.

Freedom Industries, the West Virginia company responsible for the leaks, has now indicated the spill also an altered version of a chemical called PPH. According to Al Jazeera, the company did not notify officials until Tuesday morning, despite there being a ban on drinking tap water in effect from January 9 through January 19th. While the EPA says there is no cause for alarm, residents in the area are reporting nausea and rashes after any contact with tap water.

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