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One month after the spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) into the Elk River in Charleston, WV by Freedom Industries (EarthDesk, January 14, January 16, January 18), the reappearance of the telltale “licorice smell” and complaints of toxic symptoms have prompted new warnings about contaminated drinking water (Environmental News Service). Soon after the spill, Cincinnati shut off its drinking water intakes as the Elk dumped the chemical into the Ohio River. Here is cartoonist Jeff Darcy’s take:

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Jeff Darcy is an editorial cartoonist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His cartoons have also appeared in  Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. You can see more of Jeff’s work at