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FEMA denies W.Va.'s request for emergency grants following chemical spill

Local - 2/12/2014 12:50 PM

CHARLESTON - Federal officials are denying West Virginia's request for emergency grants to help nonprofits and public agencies that responded to last month's chemical spill.

FEMA said in a letter Monday that the spill event "was not of such severity and magnitude" to warrant the additional federal assistance. The Jan. 9 spill spurred a water-use ban for days for 300,000 West Virginians. But many wary residents are still using bottled water.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the state's congressional leaders will appeal the decision.

Tomblin applied on Jan. 27 to include the grant help in the state's federal emergency status. His application said state and local responding agencies incurred huge costs to provide water and other resources after the spill. Tomblin added that the nine-county area's economy and tax revenues suffered.


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