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Water Company Provides Testimony to PSC Regarding Elk River Spill Response

Foo Conner

West Virginia American Water has met Wednesday's deadline to provide testimony to the Public Service Commission regarding an investigation into the water company’s response to the January chemical spill into the Elk River.  

In May, the PSC opened a general investigation into the incident.

The regulatory agency asked the water company to provide details about their response, a listing of measurements and where they were obtained them, as well as a narrative describing the process and factors which led to the company to decide not to shut down its treatment plant intake. 

West Virginia American Water is also tasked with providing a description of other agencies consulted with in decisions made after the spill, as well as alternative treatments and supplemental sources that were considered after the company became aware of the spill. 

A spokesperson for the water company declined to comment on their response to the PSC but stated they believe their testimony “speaks for itself.”  

The Public Service Commission confirmed the filing met the deadline and says the testimony is currently being processed and will soon be made available online.

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