KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, and a WSAZ one county in West Virginia is being hit with toxic, cancer-causing chemicals at an alarming rate.

The investigation by WSAZ found that Kanawha County has a cancer risk 300 times more than the average rate in the US, the highest in the country, due to two Union Carbide facilities in Institute and South Charleston releasing ethylene oxide or ETO.

The EPA said that Ethylene oxide is a colorless odorless gas that is a cancer-causing carcinogen

One resident from Kanawha Valley spoke to WZAZ and doesn’t think chemical companies or even leaders are doing a good enough job and that she feels like ‘Horton Hears A Who’“

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Union Carbide both told the news outlet that they have been compliant with their current EtO emission permits

(EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated to properly cite the original source of the story)