CHARLESTON - Senator Jay Rockefeller asked the head of West Virginia American Water for answers following the company's lift on the water ban.
Officials said Rockefeller wrote a letter to the president of the company, Jeff McIntyre, asking him for more information about the testing used to issue the lift that McIntyre's company issued in the aftermath of last week's chemical spill. Rockefeller sent the letter after learning of residents' concerns that levels of the chemical have spiked in certain areas that had been released from the water use ban.
"Please be aware that I intend to do everything in my power as the senior United States Senator for West Virginia to ease the burden on my constituents and safeguard the health of their families," Rockefeller said in the letter. "Part of that effort includes finding out exactly what steps your company may or may not be taking to keep them safe."
In his letter, Rockefeller asked for answers to the following questions:
· Are your tests showing that levels of crude MCHM are rising in certain areas?
· If so, what steps are you taking to protect the public from unsafe water?
· What steps are you taking to further eliminate MCHM from the water supply?
Rockefeller requested a response to his questions by next Tuesday.