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Regulators to decide depth of W.Va. spill probe

August 16, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State utility regulators are deciding how deeply they'll probe a water company's response to a January chemical spill.

The Public Service Commission will decide Monday if it will require West Virginia American Water to produce many documents the company doesn't want to hand over.

The water company says those records, including emergency response and prevention plans, are beyond the investigation's scope. Many have been requested in civil lawsuits.

It says many documents are shielded from release under federal anti-terrorism laws.

Businesses temporarily shuttered by the spill, Advocates for a Safe Water System and the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division disagree. They think reviewing emergency plans is necessary to determine if the water company reacted appropriately after the Jan. 9 spill.

The Freedom Industries spill contaminated 300,000 people's tap water for days.



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