Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 15, 2014

Rahall: House panel plans hearing on W.Va. spill


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says a House committee will hold a hearing in Charleston on a chemical spill that tainted the water supply in nine counties.

The West Virginia Democrat says the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plans to hold the hearing in the coming weeks.

Rahall is the top Democrat on the committee. He says in a news release that he requested the hearing.

A chemical used in coal processing spilled last Thursday in the Elk River from a Freedom Industries facility in Charleston.

Tens of thousands of West Virginia American Water customers are still awaiting word on when they can resume using tap water after flushing out their systems. Those customers remain under a “do not use” order restricting tap water use only to flushing toilets.