- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Sen. Jay Rockefeller is still skeptical about safety of drinking water for 300,000 Charleston-area residents.

At an appearance Friday in Charleston, the West Virginia Democrat said he would not drink tap water when he is visiting the capital city, according to the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1bURco4).

Rockefeller made the comments on the same day Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin lifted a state of emergency. The now-lifted emergency declaration covered nine counties affected by the Jan. 9 spill of a coal-cleaning agent into the Elk River.

Health officials said the water was safe to use more than a month ago, but Tomblin kept the emergency declaration in force partially because of lingering odor from some taps and showers.

Rockefeller said of the safety of the water supply, “You can’t be sure.”

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Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.charlestondailymail.com