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 Secretary Tennant Announces U.S. Senate Hearing on West Virginia Water Crisis


    Charleston, W.Va. - Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today that the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing Tuesday, February 4 to examine the West Virginia water crisis and discuss solutions to ensure something like it never happens again. 

    Secretary Tennant will testify at the hearing and continue her call for transparency and answers for West Virginia families still concerned about the safety of their drinking water. Earlier this month, Tennant called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release its methodology for determining that the water is safe and put all relevant information on one easy to use website so West Virginians can access the answers they deserve.

    “Moms and dads deserve to know that what is coming out of the faucet isn’t going to hurt their families,” Secretary Tennant said. “People are understandably angry, they are scared, and they deserve answers. We should be able to look West Virginians in the eye and explain what happened, how we know their water is safe, and what’s being done to make sure this never happens again.”  

    Secretary Tennant will also testify on the impact the spill has had on local businesses, workers and families.  As the Secretary of State, Tennant is on the front lines working with businesses daily.  She is supporting legislation to provide emergency assistance to West Virginia businesses hurt by the crisis, and is calling for resources for workers who missed shifts.

    “Our local businesses and workers took a big hit when they were forced to shut down during the crisis, and distrust about the water is continuing to hurt local restaurants.  Our economy can’t fully recover until folks have the answers they need and deserve.”

    Secretary Tennant spent days on the water lines when the crisis first broke, talking with families and handing out water.

    Secretary Tennant’s work during the water crisis:
    - 01/22/2014 - Secretary Tennant Renews Calls For CDC To Post Online Comprehensive Test Results Proving Water Is Safe
    - 01/17/2014 - Secretary Tennant Calls on CDC to Explain to West Virginians How Water is Determined Safe
    - 01/16/2014 - Bill That Would Help Businesses, Workers After Water Emergency Clears House Of Delegates
    - 01/15/2014 - Secretary Tennant Calls for Emergency Assistance for West Virginians Forced to Miss Work During Water Crisis
    - 01/14/2014 - Secretary Tennant Calls for Answers, Accountability as Water Ban Starts to be Lifted
    - 01/13/2014 - Secretary Tennant Acts to Help Businesses, Workers Hit Hard By Water Emergency
    - 01/10/2014 - Secretary Tennant Urges Citizens To Research Charities Before Donating During Water Emergency
    The subcommittee hearing, titled “Examination of the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supply Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis,” will take place in the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The Chairman of the committee is Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Additional information, including a complete witness list, is available here.


Jake Glance
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