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Old 08-25-2009, 05:50 PM   #820
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Located on Rt 119 in Clendenin, about 20 miles north of Charleston.

According to some articles I found online, Union Carbide at one time was the largest employer in West Virginia (that was before WalMart) and the unemployment in WV was one of the highest in the nation. Therefore, UC could pressure it's way into poverty-stricken regions and not have to pay taxes, and was also pretty immune to having to clean up after itself. If pressured to clean up, it would simply imply "we could move to a more hospitable area". Jobs were scarce, so they were allowed to write their own rules. UC employees at the time had up to 4 times the normal rate of leukemia and twice the rate of brain cancer.



Historical Marker on Rt 119 northbound in Clendenin.




Same Marker - Side #2. North-facing side for the Southbound traveler.




View northbound on Rt 119 into Clendenin. Junction with Rt 4 (to the left just ahead).




View across the river to where the chemical plants were located. Hmmm, just thinking about what it would be like to live on the site of an abandoned Union Carbide chemical plant . Love Canal, WV??? Scary.
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