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(CNN) - Only about half of the 300,000 people affected by a chemical spill in West Virginia have been cleared to use their tap water again. For the others, same deal as the last six days: No drinking it, no bathing in it.
Last week, an estimated 7,500 gallons of a chemical used in coal production leaked into the water supply from Freedom Industries. The leak was first discovered by residents, who noticed an odd licorice-like smell, which authorities traced to the chemical leak from a 35,000-gallon storage tank along the Elk River.
Freedom Industries has been awfully tight-lipped, and when the man identified as the company's president gave a news conference on the leak Friday, he couldn't end it fast enough.
Charleston Daily Mail reported Wednesday that it is no wonder the spill happened, because the company had a number of violations. But they weren't found until after the fact.
Charleston Daily Mail Capitol bureau chief David Boucher joined CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.