Charleston, W.Va. – With the revelation that another chemical tainted the drinking water for 300,000 people in nine counties, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant renewed her calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to post online the test results that explain to West Virginians how the water is determined to be safe.
A product called PPH was mixed with the Crude MCHM that leaked from a ruptured storage tank and into the drinking water supply earlier this month.
“It is very disturbing that we are just now finding out about this new chemical almost two weeks after the leak,” Secretary Tennant said. “And with this new information West Virginians are right to raise even more questions about the safety of their drinking water. They need to have that reassurance and a good first step is for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to post online all of the tests done on our water, the methodology, and the results. West Virginians demand and deserve clear, concise, and easy to understand answers to these very serious questions. We must have confidence that the water coming out of our faucets is not going to make our families sick.”
Secretary Tennant has sent a letter to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, asking the agency to set up the website quickly. Read the letter here.
She has also supported House Bill 4175, the West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act, which is now pending before a State Senate Committee. The bill would allow for the drafting of an emergency rule that would provide assistance to small businesses affected by States of Emergency.