Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 21, 2014

Tomblin asks feds to reconsider spill aid to W.Va.

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has asked the federal government to reconsider denying extra financial assistance after a January chemical spill.

Tomblin sent a letter Friday to President Barack Obama and Federal Emergency Management Agency regional administrator MaryAnn Tierney.

Tomblin called the spill “unprecedented” that warrants further federal assistance.

West Virginia’s congressional delegation made a similar request last week.

On Feb. 12, FEMA denied Tomblin’s request for reimbursement for first responders, nonprofits and public agencies that assisted during the spill.

Tomblin estimated a $61 million economic impact in the nine affected counties.

 

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