- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A series of workshops and other activities are scheduled in Charleston to mark the one year anniversary of the Elk River chemical spill.

The public drinking water crisis will be the focus Friday of the West Virginia Safe Water Roundtable. Workshops organized by the West Virginia Rivers Coalition are intended to inform the public about clean water issues and how to get involved.

A reception later Friday is expected to draw a number of dignitaries.

Thursday, three executives charged in the chemical spill pleaded not guilty in federal court.

One year ago, a coal-cleaning chemical leaked from a tank and entered the Elk River. It eventually overwhelmed filtering systems in the West Virginia American Water plant just downstream.

The spill spurred a days-long tap-water ban for 300,000 people.

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