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W.Va. Regulators: Release More Chemical Spill Response Info

Elk River Chemical spill

State utility regulators are telling a regional water company to make more information public about how it responded to a January chemical spill.

In an order Tuesday, the Public Service Commission told West Virginia American Water that it redacted its filings too heavily.

The commission is investigating whether the water company reacted appropriately to a Jan. 9 spill, which spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

Previously, the commission warned the water company to “use a light hand in redacting its documents.” Tuesday’s order says that before producing records recently, the company even redacted publicly available information, like names of elected officials, corporate officers and the commission’s 1-800 phone number.

The commission is ordering more lightly redacted versions of some records by Jan. 16.