- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s congressional delegation is asking federal officials to reconsider denying extra financial assistance after a January chemical spill.

U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, and U.S. Representatives Shelley Moore Capito, David McKinley and Nick Rahall made the request in a letter sent Wednesday to President Barack Obama and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator W. Craig Fugate.

The lawmakers called the spill an “unimaginable disaster” that warrants further federal assistance.

On Feb. 12, FEMA denied Gov. Ray Earl Tomblin’s request for reimbursement for first responders, nonprofits and public agencies that assisted during the spill. Tomblin appealed the decision Tuesday.

Tomblin estimated a $61 million economic impact in the nine affected counties and a $72 million total impact.

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