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Governor Tomblin Lifts State Of Emergency Issued During Water Crisis

Reported: Feb. 28, 2014 5:59 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 1, 2014 10:16 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy, Martin Hicks) - West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin lifted the State of Emergency 50 days after the MCHM leaked into the Elk River, which contaminated the water supply.

The Centers for Disease Control recently said the tap water is safe for all purposes.

About 300,000 West Virginians were affected by the leak and the subsequent "do not use" water ban was issued back on January 9th.

Beginning next week, Kanawha County Schools will no longer be getting bottled water deliveries since the CDC has said the water is safe. In letters sent to parents, Superintendent Ron Duerring says all schools are testing at non-detect levels for MCHM. Kids will have to bring bottled water from home or drink out of the water fountains. Bottled water will only be available at schools until their current supplies run out.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Martin Hicks) - West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has lifted a nearly two months long State of Emergency.
Governor Tomblin issued the order in January when Freedom Industries inadvertently dumped MCHM into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply for more than 300,000 West Virginians.



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