What are the MSDS facts on the chemical 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol?



We are under a state of emergency for DO NOT USE WATER in our area due to the chemical above, which leaked into our river/water stations today. There was an odor as early as 9-10 am EST, but emergency notice only announced at 5 pm. Homeland Security, National Guard, and FEMA have been called in. Please, someone with knowledge, tell us what this chemical does. The effects are being downplayed, yet I read something alarmingly frightening. Would like professionals to respond!

Restaurants, daycares, schools all mandatorily closed. Grocery stores are on lock-down for people looting the shelves. It's real. Real scary.

12911 on Jan 09, 2014
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  • Miriam I New York, NY
    I CAN'T believe this is the first I'm hearing of this! I haven't seen it on national news yet!
  • MSDS here: http://tinyurl.com/m974ntm While the MSDS may look alarming, I do not believe that this chemical is particularly harmful in trace
    • What concentration level are you worried about? The level that's added to drinking water to keep your kid's teeth from rotting out? No, it is in no way poisonous. Should you get a bag of it and start spooning it in like cheerios? That's probably not a
  • Gary Bishop Scott Depot, WV
  • David Minneapolis, MN
    Here's a better MSDS, with detailed toxicity data: http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wvpn/...
  • Cynthia Colegrove Fairfield, OH
    The data sheet says it can cause respiratory problems. Be especially careful to not let children brush teeth, bath, etc. with it as they are prone to accidental ingestion and their lungs can't handle the things ours can. My daughter has asthma and
  • Angela Lee Liberty, KY
    Who owns Freedom Industries and how old were those vats?
    • Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
      Angela Lee I'm not sure who owns the company, but in an earlier news conference, city officials noted the facility was built sometime in 1930s-1940s. It was previously operated by Pennzoil until they ceased ops there.
  • Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
    http://www.freedom-industries.com/products.h.... Attached in this comment is the link to the company responsible for the spill...
  • Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
    Related Wall Street journal article this afternoon - US Attorney opens criminal probe


  • Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
    Erin Brockovich's team has entered the picture to possibly advocate for the 300,000 affected (that's 15% of our state's population).
  • Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
    Didn't take long for the culprit company to file brankruptcy:


  • Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
    I have marked this question resolved, but the truth of the matter is: the water problem in WV is NOT resolved, and it remains an issue. Not trying to show that I lean one way or another, but this report gives a fairly good update:
  • Brandon Evans Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Has any one looked at the msds for sodium fluoride? It is way more toxic than 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol. What troubles me is every one made a big deal about the chemical spill (rightfully so) but know cares about sodium fluoride which is WAY more
  • Sodium fluoride is a simple salt that occurs naturally and is in no way poisonous. It is used to fluoridate water for hundreds of millions of people so that they can have healthy teeth and bones. It is not a communist plot to pollute our precious bodily