Evansville officials monitor chemical plume from West Virginia

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Officials in Indiana's largest city on the Ohio River say they're monitoring developments in a chemical spill upriver in Charleston, W.Va.

Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said Tuesday they're receiving updates from the Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.

A chemical called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked from a 40,000-gallon tank at a chemical plant along a river that flows into a tributary of the Ohio.

In Cincinnati, Mayor John Cranley ordered Ohio River valves into his city's water system to be closed until the plume passes there.

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