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Emergency Petition Filed in WV Supreme Court Against WV DEP and DHHR over MCHM Spill and Failure to Protect Public Health
1. Implement a Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program as recommended by the Chemical Safety Board
2. Previous and future drinking water providers file Source Water Protection Plans and Emergency Response Plans and that both agencies conduct inspections and comply with duties to prevent and respond to threats of public health from chemical leakage into the water supply
3. Monitor public health aspects of the spill including human and environmental impacts from the Freedom spill
4. Require DEP to require submission of Groundwater Protection Plans, Stormwater Prevention Plans, and to inspect facilities, both prior and after issuance of WV NPDES permits
5. Equitable relief including attorney fees
According to the petition, none of the members of the legislature in the nine counties affected are drinking tap water.