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Published January 12, 2014, 12:25 PM

After leak, people worried but want plants to stay

DRY BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) - For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can't drink the water.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

DRY BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) - For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can't drink the water.

The 81-year-old woman says she's angry about the chemical spill that's deprived 300,000 West Virginians of clean tap water for four days.

But as quickly as she said it, she wanted to make one thing clear: She didn't blame the coal or chemical industries for the spill.

Wireman says West Virginia needs those jobs and wants the state to do a better job of regulating them.

The current emergency began Thursday after a foaming agent used in coal processing escaped from a Freedom Industries plant in Charleston and seeped into the Elk River. Since then, residents have been ordered not to use tap water for anything but flushing toilets.

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