- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A panel dedicated to reviewing a new law to protect drinking water supplies has scheduled its first meeting.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office says the Public Water System Supply Study Commission will meet Sept. 22. The 12-member group will submit reports to a joint legislative committee by Dec. 15 annually, starting this year.

Ten of its 12 members have been appointed. Some include Kanawha County Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta, Kanawha state Delegate Nancy Guthrie, and top state health, environmental, homeland security and Public Service Commission officials.

A hydrologist, engineer, public health expert and citizen representative are also on the board.

The state’s Rural Water Association and Municipal League will pick the final two.



The law responds to a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people’s water for days.

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