Audio: Congressional Hearing on Elk River Chemical Spill

Feb 7, 2014

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Monday morning in Charleston to learn more about the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River that left 300,000 people banned from using tap water for up to 10 days.

The witness list included the president of West Virginia American Water, state health, homeland security and environmental officials, the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and county emergency and homeland security officials.

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern was invited but did not attend.

Two W.Va. members sit on the committee —Nick Rahall, the committee's top Democrat, and Republican Shelley Moore Capito.