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WV Delegation Monitoring Chemical Spill

Reported: Jan. 10, 2014 12:52 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 10, 2014 4:01 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation are asking people affected by a chemical spill to help one another.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Nick Rahall said Friday that they are monitoring the situation.

The lawmakers urged people to abide by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's order to not use tap water for drinking, bathing, cleaning or washing clothes.

Rockefeller said he expects a full accounting of what happened and how to prevent future incidents, once the affected counties return to what he calls "a semblance of normalcy."

A chemical used in processing coal spilled Thursday from a Freedom Industries operation into the Elk River in Charleston. The chemical has contaminated water supplied by West Virginia American Water to nine counties.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said he expects a full accounting of a chemical spill that has contaminated the water supply in nine West Virginia counties.

Rockefeller and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that they are monitoring the situation. They urged water customers affected by Thursday's spill to abide by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's order to not use their tap water for drinking, bathing, cooking or laundry.

Rockefeller said he expects an accounting of what happened and how to prevent future incidents, once the affected counties return to what he calls "a semblance of normalcy."

Manchin said he will do whatever he can to help residents get the resources and help that they need.

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