Abstract Title

The Elk River Contamination

Authors' Class Standing

Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Matthew Voorhees

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Nancy Lawrence

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to identify the chemicals released into the Elk River; the toxicological effects associated with their exposures to humans and the environment. On January 9, 2014, several communities along the Elk River in West Virginia were exposed to water contamination containing glycerin and 4-methylcyclohexanol from a water treatment plant owned by Freedom Industries.

The research will be conducted by the following methodology: Identifying the chemicals through the use of Material Safety Data Sheets and their associated health effects, interviews with the Center of Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, and other regulatory agencies; all data will be compiled into a single informational report.

The results of this research will allow for more education on chemical exposure, community awareness, and provide more information on human health and environmental exposure for regulatory enforcement on chemical companies and their environmental responsibilities.

Location

Center for Faith & Spirituality

Start Date

9-4-2014 1:00 PM

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The Elk River Contamination

Center for Faith & Spirituality

The purpose of this research is to identify the chemicals released into the Elk River; the toxicological effects associated with their exposures to humans and the environment. On January 9, 2014, several communities along the Elk River in West Virginia were exposed to water contamination containing glycerin and 4-methylcyclohexanol from a water treatment plant owned by Freedom Industries.

The research will be conducted by the following methodology: Identifying the chemicals through the use of Material Safety Data Sheets and their associated health effects, interviews with the Center of Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, and other regulatory agencies; all data will be compiled into a single informational report.

The results of this research will allow for more education on chemical exposure, community awareness, and provide more information on human health and environmental exposure for regulatory enforcement on chemical companies and their environmental responsibilities.