Industry leaders discuss Charleston chemical spill

Local - 2/10/2014 4:59 PM by Stuart Hammer
CHARLESTON – Politicians and professionals meet Monday in Charleston to discuss the cause, response, and prevention of the Freedom Industries chemical spill.

Congresswoman Capito, Congressman Rahall, and Senator Manchin overheard a panel of industry professionals this morning in regards to the chemical spill at Freedom Industries.

That spill contaminated the drinking water of more than 300,000 residents in West Virginia.

The pressing question: Is the water safe?

None of the seven experts were willing to say that the water is safe.

"Everybody has a different definition," says Public Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Tierney, "Am I confident in the science? I'm as confident as I can be."

President of West Virginia American Water Jeff McIntyre says he understands the concern residents have about the licorice smell still lingering in the water, and they are still working to remedy that problem.

"Customers fear associated with the smell of something in the water. So as a water purveyor, we continue to work until the smell is eradicated."


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