As some of you know, we moved here from Parkersburg, WV because of the pollution in our community.  Between the C8 health crisis from DuPont to the impact of the fracking industry on our water and environment, we decided it was time to relocate.

We still have family there and a home we are working to sell.  We returned yesterday from our most recent visit.  I am still in a state of shock.  A warehouse, reported to be used by DuPont caught fire on Saturday and is projected to burn for days if not weeks.  What was stored in the warehouse?  Here is a list that has been distributed by authorities of what MAY be in the warehouse:

  • PVC
  • Nylon
  • Carbon black
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Fiberglass
  • Maleic Anhydride TVL 0.1 ppm
  • Formaldehyde
  • PTFE (Teflon)
  • Styrene – Acrylonitrile
  • Polybutylene Terephthalate
  • Acrylic Sheet

The valley has been blanketed by this thick, black, smoke for days.  As is common in a community that makes its living from the chemical industry, authorities originally came out saying the:

UPDATE: 10/21/2017 8:13 P.M.

The Department of Environmental Protection advises the fallen ash from the Ames Plant fire is Non-toxic to residents.

The DEP is testing the smoke to see if it is hazardous.  It has been testing it for days and has yet to come out with a report.

There are so many questions.  Why did the warehouse not have fire suppression?  This huge, consistent cloud of burning toxins isn’t just going to stay in West Virginia and Ohio.  We all share the same air.

What are we doing?  Is a non-stick skillet worth this?

I feel like crying.  We vote every time we spend a dollar.  What are you voting for?

My hometown, my poor hometown.