Frustration grows days after W.Va. chemical spill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Frustration is mounting for many of the 300,000 West Virginia residents who've gone three days without clean tap water.

Chris Laws located bottled water Saturday for his two elderly next-door neighbors. "They can't get out," said Laws, 42, of Marmet, a coal miner. He said he was angry at the company at the center of the leak.

The emergency began Thursday following complaints to West Virginia American Water about an odor in the tap water. The chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol had leaked out of a 40,000-gallon tank at a Freedom Industries facility along the Elk River.

State officials said Saturday they believe about 7,500 gallons leaked. It's not clear exactly how much entered the water supply, and authorities say it could take days for clean tap water to flow again.

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