#323: How Element FCU helped temper West Virginia's 'Aquapocalypse' -- with Element's Linda Bodie...
An ideal story for Halloween, I'd say. This one is a real treat for you -- not a trick. It deals with a semi-recent industrial accident in Charleston, West Virginia. A chemical company that produces a, well, chemical that cleans coal had a bit of a mishap when one of its massive storage tanks sprung a leak, allowing thousands of gallons of this toxic chemical to spill into the adjacent river that flowed toward downtown Charleston. The result: undrinkable, unbathable, unwashable, and unfriendly water conditions for the entire area -- not for a few days but weeks!
So you're probably wondering where Element Federal Credit Union steps in. No, the credit union didn't swoop in with its super powers and magically clean up the spill. That task was dealt to other larger, over-regulated, government entities. What Element did, however, was quite heroic. I will let Element's Chief Innovator Linda Bodie provide the sordid details of what was dubbed "Aquapocalypse" or "Watergeddon" -- along with how the credit union helped temper the fallout with its volunteer duties to the surrounding communities. Truly a great story of how credit unions, once again, step up in times of crises.
Enjoy this Halloween treat and have a safe, fun, and frightful evening! And thank you to Linda and her credit union staff for being mighty fine representatives of our incredibly giving industry.
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