Clean Water Action Statement on Senate Hearing on Drinking Water Supplies and the WV Spill
Clean Water Action Statement on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife entitled, "Examination of the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supplies Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis."
Washington DC -- Clean Water Action welcomes today's hearing and its focus on protecting drinking water sources. "Elected officials need to make protection of drinking water sources the primary consideration in decisions about facility siting, permitting and oversight," said Clean Water Action National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp.
The chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston WV illustrates the importance of robust oversight of facilities and activities which threaten drinking water sources. It also illuminates the need for reform of chemical policy laws, for robust support of innovation in water science, treatment and infrastructure and for source water protection and emergency planning.
"Communities and Public Water Systems should not have to bear the disruption caused by improper siting and inadequate oversight of polluting facilities," Thorp said. "We urge the Subcommittee to act with foresight to address this public health risk and to protect precious drinking water sources."