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

Updated 4 years ago Edited from a Press Release
Secretary Tennant Announces U.S. Senate Hearing on West Virginia Water Crisis

Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced 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. 

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.

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