Nightly News | January 14, 2014
>>> in west virginia tonight, the water is back on and thousands of homes and businesses after days of going without following the chemical spill , officials there continue to insist to the public that it's safe, but a lot of families are understandably refusing to go anywhere near it. our chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson joins us again tonight from charlest charleston, west virginia . ann, good evening.
>> good evening, brian, there is plenty of skepticism here as residents confront water that doesn't look or smell right. and investigators dig for the reasons behind the chemical spill . freedom industries president gary southern was on site today but still not talking to the media. as crews worked to clean up the chemical spill that tainted charleston's water. a u.s. chemical safety board investigators were also on hand.
>> we need to understand why this occurred. was it corrosion or some other fault that can youed.
>> three years aing, the chemical safety board require they create a hazardous explosion program. it never happened. 24 hours after christie goldman started flushing her tap, she's still using bottled water and feeding her kids on paper plates.
>> how worried are you about the water?
>> well, i'm worried when you smell the with water.
>> it's most pungent in the shower.
>> just like gas has a smell and you know it's there, you stay away, this has a smell.
>> reporter: others report discolored water. the company says that's due to sediment in the pipes not the smell. people feel like a bunch of lab rats .
>> why was there so little known about this chemical that we know poses such a threat to our drinking water source.
>> consumer advocate erin brockovich met with 100 residents last night.
>> at the end of the day , it's disheartening and frustrating and people are still left with a lot of unanswered questions s and a whole lot of concerns.
>> tonight it will close its water intake valves on the ohio river , as the chemical plooum passes.
>> it's important for citizens to know that our water is safe, we're taking all necessary precautions to keep it safe.
>> now, as the chemical heads down river, is dissipating, but the fear isn't, as cincinnati and now louisville monitor for any potential trouble. brian?
>> anne thompson in west virginia again for us tonight. ann,