On January 9th, 2014, Freedom Industries spilled 10,000 gallons of toxic 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) and an unknown amount of a polyglycol ether (PPH), into the Elk River in West Virginia, leaving nearly 300,000 residents from nine counties without drinking water. The response to this event required the coordination of many organizations at the local, state, and federal level.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is hosting a webinar – Response and Recovery During an Environmental Disaster: Learning from the Elk River Chemical Spill – in April to explore the roles of local public health, poison control, and public health laboratory officials in the response; to reflect on the challenges, systems, and practices that led to the incident; and discuss ways to improve upon future responses and prevent similar incidents from occurring.
Speakers in this webinar will include:
- Dr. Rahul Gupta, Health Officer and Executive Director, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department
- Martha A. McElfresh, West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources, Office of Laboratory Services, CT Coordinator Threat Preparedness and Response Section
- Dr. Elizabeth Scharman, Managing Director, West VA Poison Control Center
- Dr. Mark Kirk, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs Chemical Defense Program
This webinar is co-promoted by NACCHO, American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
2:30 – 4:15 p.m. EST
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