Modeling of the Elk river spill 2014

Lucien Stolze, Frederico Volpin

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A dispersion-advection model was used to simulate the Elk river chemical spill 2014. The numerical and analytical solutions were used to predict the concentrations of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) at the water treatment plants located along the Elk and Kanawha rivers. The results are of similar magnitude as measured concentrations although a time-lag was found between modeled and measured plume arrival likely due to accumulation of systematic errors. Considering MCHM guidelines for drinking water, the spill represented a serious health threat through the water up taken by the treatment plant located on the Elk river and it also constituted a risk of contamination for the drinking water produced by treatment plants located on the Kanawha river.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)7980-7985
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Dispersion-advection model
  • MCHM
  • Contaminant transport
  • Health hazard risk assessment


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