Town Hall Meeting in Charleston to Address Water Quality Concerns

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A town hall meeting is scheduled next week in Charleston about the ongoing concern regarding the water quality in the Kanawha Valley and beyond, according to information from West Virginia Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha.

Poore is calling for the re-establishment of water distribution stations and has scheduled the town hall meeting.

On Wednesday, an Environmental Quality Board said the crude MCHM that spilled into the water supply ultimately can break down into formaldehyde, perhaps in the shower, and could be inhaled.

“Residents within these nine counties, myself included, already lacked confidence in the safety of their water supply,” Poore said in a prepared release, referring to the area affected by the chemical spill earlier this month into the Elk River in Charleston. “Now, as I am astonished to learn, the situation could be even worse than previously imagined.

“No one should be expected to consume, or even wash with, this water.”

The town hall meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at First Baptist Church at 432 Shrewsbury St. in Charleston.

“I have countless questions that have not been answered, and I know fellow residents do too,” Poore said. “I am inviting anyone with information about the safety of our water to attend and share information with us.”

“I am beyond frustrated that we did not know this from the beginning,” Poore said. “However, from this point on, it is my hope we will get all the information available and confidence will eventually be restored in full. In the meantime, we are still under a state of emergency because of this, and I think it’s only appropriate that funds be provided – whether by the state or the federal government – so that clean water can to continue to be distributed to residents.”

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