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Groups Say Spill Shows Need To Protect WV Water

Reported: Jan. 10, 2014 4:12 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 11, 2014 11:23 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Environmental groups say a chemical spill in the Elk River shows West Virginia's drinking water sources need better protection.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition executive director Janet Keating says she hopes state leaders realize that clean water can't be taken for granted.

West Virginia Rivers Coalition executive director Angie Rosser says the spill shows that people depend on clean rivers for health and security.

Keating and Rosser say in news releases that the state needs to examine how to better protect drinking water sources.

Thursday's leak from a tank at Freedom Industries' facility in Charleston prompted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a state of emergency.

Tomblin advised water users in nine counties to not drink, bathe or cook with tap water.

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