- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is seeking additional federal help for first responders, nonprofits and businesses amid West Virginia’s water crisis.

Tomblin on Monday urged federal officials to change the state’s emergency declaration, which would provide funding for local and state entities that responded to the recent water shortage. It would benefit state and local governments, first responders and nonprofits that offered water and other resources after a Jan. 9 chemical spill tainted the water supply for 300,000 people.

Tomblin wrote to federal disaster officials that it cost state and local responders more than $2 million for their work. The state also is paying 25 percent of already approved federal assistance.

The governor also is requesting low-interest federal loans for businesses that lost money during the water-use ban.

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