CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has lifted a state of emergency related to the January chemical spill into a public water supply.
Tomblin issued a proclamation rescinding the emergency declaration Friday, more than seven weeks after it was issued. The emergency declaration covered nine counties affected by the Jan. 9 spill of a coal-cleaning agent into the Elk River. The spill contaminated 300,000 residents’ water for days, making it usable only for fighting fires and flushing toilets.
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