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
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.