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Group wants input in W.Va. chemical spill probe

June 25, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A citizen group wants to provide input in a Public Service Commission investigation of the January chemical spill into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply.

The Charleston Gazette ( reports Advocates for a Safe Water System filed a motion Wednesday asking the state commission to let them intervene.

The group formed after the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill, which contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people for days.

Wednesday was the deadline to seek to intervene in the investigation. The commission's Consumer Advocate Division is already approved to intervene.

The commission is looking into West Virginia American Water's response to the spill. The company has to provide information its spill response by July 2.

Commission staff and intervenor testimony is due Aug. 20. A hearing is scheduled to begin Oct. 7.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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