Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Chemical Leak
6:50 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Gov. Tomblin, DHHR Secretary Request CDC to Conduct Further Health Studies After Spill

Dr. Tanja Popovic, Deputy Associate Director for Science for the CDC addresses the media at a news conference on Wednesday, February 5.
Credit Chuck Roberts / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling Tuesday sent a letter to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to formally request the CDC, or its partners, immediately conduct further epidemiological and/or toxicological studies and address ongoing population surveillance or monitoring as a result of the January 9 Elk River chemical spill.

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Chemical Leak
3:12 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Tomblin: State of Emergency to End Soon

A light at the top of the Capitol dome signifies a state of emergency.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he's days away from lifting a state of emergency over last month's chemical spill into a public water supply.

Tomblin told reporters Tuesday that "in the next several days" he hopes to end the state of emergency, which has lasted almost 41 days. Tomblin said he let the emergency declaration continue partially because of the chemical's lingering odor from some taps and showers.
 

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Chemical Leak
3:10 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Tomblin Unsure How to Pay for Health Monitoring After Spill

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he's not sure about tapping state reserves to monitor people's long-term health after chemicals spilled into their water supply last month.
 
Senate Majority Leader John Unger has said Tomblin should use $10 million from the state's rainy day fund for 10 years of health monitoring. Unger said lawmakers could approve the money, but it'd be easier with Tomblin's support.
 

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Chemical Leak
5:58 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

In-Home Testing After Elk River Chemical Spill Launches

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project for residents in the nine counties affected by the Jan. 9 chemical spill into Elk River.

The project, which will make use of $650,000 from the state budget according to Tomblin, will be conducted by independent scientific experts under the direction of Dr.  Andrew Whelton, assistant professor of environmental engineering at the University of South Alabama, and Corona Environmental Consulting.

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The Legislature Today
7:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Gives Briefing with CDC and EPA, Water Commission Hears from Health Officials, & More

The House passes a bill known as the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act--but not without fierce debate over an amendment that sought to include "fetus" in the bill's language, The Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources hears from Kanawha-Charleston Health Depart chief Dr. Rahul Gupta and the state Bureau for Public Health's Dr. Letitia Tierney. Also, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin provides an update on the chemical spill and water crisis with officials from the CDC and EPA.

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Chemical Leak
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Five Things West Virginia Heard Wednesday from CDC, EPA, & Gov. Tomblin

Credit Chuck Roberts / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined Wednesday by state officials as well as officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency to provide an update to the ongoing response to the January 9 chemical spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River.

Here's what we learned from the briefing:

1. The 1 parts per million threshold for MCHM doesn't declare the water "safe."

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Government
6:11 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

CDC, EPA Officials Coming to Visit W.Va. After Chemical Spill

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Officials from the federal agency that helped determine when people could use their water again will be visiting Charleston.
 
     Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday will give officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an update on last month's chemical spill. Environmental Protection Agency officials will join them.
 

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Water Crisis
9:55 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Utility Offers More Water After W.Va. Chemical Spill

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The water company involved in West Virginia's chemical spill is providing 20 more tractor-trailer loads of bottled water for the nine counties affected.
 
     Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin requested Thursday that West Virginia American Water offer more bottled water, since the state has spent nearly $890,000 on more than 17.5 million bottles of water.
 

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Goverment Assiatance
7:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Makes Requests to FEMA, Small Business Administration Following Chemical Leak

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Monday urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to modify the current federal Emergency Declaration to provide for Direct Funding Assistance to state and local government programs and eligible non-profit agencies in the nine counties affected by the Elk River chemical spill on January 9.
 
 "At the time of the Presidential Emergency Declaration, no one knew how long this assistance would be needed," Gov. Tomblin said in a letter to the agency.

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Chemical Leak
7:32 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Unaware of Freedom Industries Donations

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he was unaware he received campaign checks from top executives at the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill.
 
     The Democrat said he found about donations from two Freedom Industries executives from news articles Wednesday morning.
 

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News
11:55 am
Wed January 22, 2014

State Senate Majority Leader: Governor's Bill Shields Chemical Industry

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A West Virginia Senate leader thinks the governor's proposal to prevent chemical spills caters to industry interests.
 

Senate Majority Leader John Unger says Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill doesn't do enough to register and inspect above-ground storage tanks.
 
     Tomblin's measure responds to Freedom Industries' Jan. 9 spill, which contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people.
 

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West Virginia Morning
11:05 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Gov. Tomblin's Bills Continue to Advance, House Passes State Day of Prayer, Citizens Rally for Water

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed legislation--including pay raises for teachers and state workers, issues related to transportation, and more--advances through the legislature, the House of Delegates passes a bill that would create a West Virginia Day of Prayer, Morgantown water utility leaders learn lessons from the chemical spill in Charleston, and hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to voice concerns following the chemical leak.

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The Legislature Today
7:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Judiciary Chairs Sen. Palumbo & Del. Manchin React to Picture of W.Va. as 'Anti-Regulation'

The House Judiciary Committee holds an informational meeting to hear more about the chemical spill and hears recommendations from Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen, the Governor's legislative agenda pushes through the Senate, the House passes a bill to create a West Virginia Day of Prayer, and Judiciary Chairs Sen. Corey Palumbo and Del. Tim Manchin respond to arguments that West Virginia is "anti-regulation."

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Senate
3:09 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Governor's Agenda Pushing through the Senate

The state Capitol dome.
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Five of Governor Tomblin’s bills were introduced in the Senate Tuesday, many of which were highlighted in his State of the State Address earlier this month:

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West Virginia Morning
10:56 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Outlines Bill to Strengthen DEP, Consultants Critique Chemical Safety Bill, & More

Governor Tomblin explains proposed legislation to protect water supplies from potential chemical leaks,  the House of Delegates passes a bill that increases penalties for littering and honors the life of former Delegate Joe Talbott, environmental consultants Downstream Strategies critique proposed legislation that hopes to prevent another water crisis, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind updates their curriculum and allows some students to attend on a temporary basis.

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The Legislature Today
7:31 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Finance Chairs Sen. Roman Prezioso & Del. Brent Boggs Agree: 'It's Not All Doom & Gloom'

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joins Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and other state legislative leaders to discuss proposed state and federal legislation following the January 9th chemical spill, the Senate expresses concerns over the small business recovery bill passed by the House last week, the House passes a bill to increase penalties for littering, and Finance Chairs Sen. Roman Prezioso and Del. Brent Boggs discuss various aspects of the state's finances.

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Chemical Leak
5:19 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Tomblin Calls for New Regulatory Powers for DEP

Governor Tomblin announced his legislation during a press conference surrounded by Sen. Joe Manchin, Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Tim Miley.
Credit Ashton Marra

After more than a week since a chemical spill on the Elk River, some West Virginia American Water customers are still questioning the quality of the water running out of their taps.

“Make no mistake, the discharge of chemicals or other contaminants is unacceptable and neither I nor anyone standing here with me today will tolerate it in West Virginia,” Governor Tomblin said after he thanked the people of West Virginia for their patience as he and emergency officials worked to restore water service to more than 300,000 West Virginians.

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The Legislature Today
7:07 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Interview with Governor Tomblin kicks off The Legislature Today

The recent chemical spill and water crisis were the focus of The Legislature Today. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and General James Hoyer discuss the current situation with Beth Vorhees. 

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Water Ban
5:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

West Virginia American Water Lifts Ban Zone-by-Zone

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West Virginia American Water began the long-awaited flushing process yesterday afternoon for residents who have been without water since Thursday.

Residents in the nine counties began the flushing process using an interactive online map. The chemical leak has left residents without the use of water since Thursday. Residents have been instructed to follow a detailed process once their area is in the blue zone on a map at amwater.com. Jeff McIntyre is President of West Virginia American Water. He said it’s a three-step process.

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Season Premiere
2:51 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Governor Tomblin to Discuss Chemical Leak & Water Emergency on The Legislature Today

Credit West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will be the first guest on this season of The Legislature Today. He will discuss the recent chemical leak.

The episode will be taped live today, and will air this evening at 6:30 on West Virginia PBS. The show airs Weekdays while the the legislature is in session.

You can also hear the show at 6:30 on West Virginia Public Radio, or listen live on the internet.

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