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W.Va. wants more bottled water after chem spill

January 30, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking the water company in West Virginia's chemical spill to provide more bottled water for the nine-county area.

Tomblin is requesting that West Virginia American Water offer bottled water, since the state has spent nearly $890,000 on more than 17.5 million bottles of water.

The administration also requested a change in its federal emergency status to reimburse first responders and nonprofits.

Freedom Industries' Jan. 9 spill into the water company's supply spurred a water-use ban for 300,000 people. The ban has been lifted, but federal officials are still suggesting that pregnant women avoid drinking the water. Some residents and restaurants are also sticking to just bottled water.

A spokeswoman for the water company didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday.



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