Legislative committee to investigate chemical spill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A joint legislative committee on Tuesday started an investigation into the Elk River chemical spill that led to West Virginia American Water's "do not use" order.
The Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources is examining state agencies and their oversight of chemical storage facilities.
"This whole series of events is unacceptable," said Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley. "While the response to the crisis has been commendable, the Legislature is determined to work to ensure that this never happens again."
Unger said he plans to introduce legislation that will gave state agencies more authority to monitor chemical storage facilities and protect West Virginia's water resources.
Freedom Industries owned the tank that spilled chemicals into the Elk River and fouled drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians.
"We want to find out how long this chemical was leaking, and who knew about it, and if no one knew, why not?" Unger said. "There will definitely be a change to the way things have been done in the past."