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Congressional hearing on West Virginia chemical spill

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 00:49

Feb. 10 - Health officials testify at a congressional hearing in Charleston, WV on whether the water is safe to drink following the state's disastrous chemical spill. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A congressional hearing was held in Charleston, West Virginia on Monday to discuss January's chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without safe drinking water for more than a week. The chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board testified the leaky tanks at Freedom Industries were not necessarily in full compliance with federal standards before the spill. When asked by committee members whether the water is safe to drink, Dr. Letitia Tierney, the state health officer said, "Am I confident in the science? I'm as confident as I can be given what we had. I believe the water based on the standards of what we had is useable for every purpose and that includes drinking, bathing and cooking."

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Congressional hearing on West Virginia chemical spill

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 00:49