Petition Targets Two W.Va. Agencies on Chemical Spill

Feb 7, 2014

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Two West Virginia government agencies have been accused of ignoring steps that could have taken to prevent the Jan. 9 chemical spill which tainted the drinking water supply for residents in nine counties.

The Charleston Gazette reports an emergency petition was filed Friday with the state Supreme Court on behalf of two nonprofit groups and two Charleston-area residents.

The petition says the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Environmental Protection didn't follow state requirements to protect drinking water supplies.
 It seeks to have the agencies show why they shouldn't be forced to take several steps, among them requiring protection plans for the Elk River water supply and monitoring the spill's effects.

The Gazette says agency officials didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.