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 Secretary Tennant Calls on CDC to Explain to West Virginians How Water is Determined Safe

1/17/2014

    Charleston, W.Va. - Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant today continued her call for answers and transparency regarding the water crisis in nine West Virginia counties. 

    Tennant called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to publicly explain the standards used to determine when water is safe and create a single website where West Virginians can find information related to the chemical spill and water safety.

    Read the letter here.

    “I spent days on the water lines handing out water and talking to moms and dads whose families have been hurt by this crisis,” Secretary Tennant said. “People are rightfully concerned about the safety of their families and they deserve information.”

    Tennant says the CDC website should be an easy-to-use resource for West Virginians to find the information they deserve to know including test results, detailed color coded maps that are updated as the do-not-use order is lifted, and concise explanations of the standards used to determine when the water is considered safe to use.

    “West Virginians need information and they deserve transparency from the agencies responsible for keeping the water supply safe. Having one source of reliable, understandable information would be a step toward restoring their confidence that the water they and their families are using is safe.
  
    “The water testing results should be public, they should be easily accessible, and they should be understandable,” Secretary Tennant said.

    Secretary Tennant has also led efforts to provide assistance to businesses and workers hard hit by the water crisis, including providing testimony before the House Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development Committee in support of House Bill 4175, the West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act, and calling on West Virginia American Water Company to provide small businesses with water credits to cover the cost of the flushing process. (Read More)
 
    Tennant is also calling on Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to request Disaster Unemployment Assistance for workers forced to miss shifts during the crisis. (Read More)

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com