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Jon Stewart on West Virginia Spill: Building Chemical Tanks Near Water Supply Makes Sense

Of course, it must be highly regulated, “The Daily Show” host surmises

West Virginia residents can smell when something is a bit off with their drinking water, Jon Stewart noted on Monday's “The Daily Show.”

The first clue that the stuff flowing from the sink might not rise to the level of potability was when it gave off a licorice aroma, news reports noted.

“There was the faint smell of licorice and also the water gave them explosive diarrhea and vomiting,” Stewart said. “So how do you get licorice flavored polluting water? Were they fracking in Candyland?”

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It turns out that West Virginia could have improved their planning, because massive tanks holding the toxic chemicals were constructed near a major drinking supply.

“I am not an industrial engineer or an expert in sewage treatment or a city planner or a doctor or a mohel, but why would you build your toxic chemical storage tanks upstream and drinking water adjacent?” Stewart said. “Although I imagine because it was in such a vulnerable position it was highly regulated.”

Uh, not so much. Stewart checked his notes and discovered that one of the last times regulators stopped by to check out the tanks was in 1991.

“1991, that was like six Batmans ago,” Stewart said.

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  • Sandy Brown

    Everybody is a comedian these days! So, when will the smart aleck characters answer some of the questions they remark on? Do they find making fun of situations pays more? better? Serious stuff like chemical leaks are not funny to those suffering from big companies errors!/tricks!

  • jack

    Erin Brockovich .. is on the way !!!

  • Steve Dzielak

    Sandy: the “the smart aleck characters” are doing something moreimportant for you: they're making the vast majority of distracted, smug, uninformed Americans aware of the mess that the polluters, scammers, and thieves in various industries have inflicted on them while they've partied like over-sugared children with no parents at home. BTW, people like Stewart and Colbert aren't the ones who are supposed to “have answer some of the questions they remark on.” That's part of the reason America's in the shape it's in: too many big-mouth Americans think that “opinion + emotion = fact.” Ever heard of the Tea Party?