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CBER Calculates Impact from Chemical Spill into Elk River

CBER Press Release
2/4/2014
Huntington,WV- The Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) conducted a preliminary investigation of the impact of the January 9 chemical spill into the Elk River that prompted a water use ban in nine West Virginia counties. CBER estimates this impact on economic output to be just over $19 million for each business day the ban was fully in place (not including any multiplier effects). Read more

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Chem spill economic impact is $61 million, study says

WV Gazette
2/4/2014
Charleston, W.Va. — The economic impact of the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people is $61 million, according to a preliminary study. The Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research conducted a preliminary investigation, which looked at establishments such as schools, medical offices, restaurants, hotels and some retail stores that needed clean water to provide service. The CBER estimates the initial impact to be slightly more than $19 million for each business day during the “Do Not Use” water order issued for nine counties. Read more