Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant applauded the House of Delegates Thursday morning after they voted to include the medical monitoring of citizens to check for continued effects of the chemical MCHM, which spilled into the water supply of approximately 300,000 people on January 9.
Just hours before the House voted to include the amendment to Senate Bill 373, Secretary Tennant sent letters to House Speaker Tim Miley, Majority Leader Harry Keith White, and Minority Leader Tim Armstead urging them to include medical monitoring.
“Putting medical monitoring back in to SB 373 was the right thing to do, and I applaud the House of Delegates for taking this action,” Secretary Tennant said. “With this amendment we will be able to find out what impact, if any, this chemical had on our families. I am also urging the State Senate to concur with this amendment and send it to Governor Tomblin as soon as possible for his signature. We have to move quickly in making sure that we are closely monitoring the potential long term effects of MCHM.”
Secretary Tennant has been calling for long term medical monitoring since she testified before a United States Senate Committee about the spill on February 4.