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Special Extended Broadcast: Public Hearing on Water Crisis, SB 373

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The House of Delegates' Health, Judiciary, and Finance Committees held a joint public hearing Monday evening about the Elk River chemical spill.

On this special extended edition of The Legislature Today,  citizens tell lawmakers how they’ve been affected by the chemical contamination of their drinking water. 

The hearing focused on Senate Bill 373, which is designed to regulate and inspect above ground storage facilities like the one involved in the Freedom Industries spill. The bill recently passed the state Senate and is now under consideration in the House. It has been triple referenced to the committees who held Monday's public hearing.

A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. After bouncing around a variety of newsroom roles at WVPB, he now focuses on state-level politics and government, as well as breaking news. Dave plays on the world's best-worst softball team, Chico's Bail Bonds. He can be reached via email at dmistich@wvpublic.org and you can follow him on Twitter @davemistich.