- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia regulators will conduct a hearing in December on the January 2014 chemical leak that fouled public water supplies for hundreds of thousands of people in Charleston and the surrounding region.

The Public Service Commission has scheduled the hearing Dec. 15 to update the status of its investigation into West Virginia American Water Co.’s response to the Freedom Industries chemical spill.

Tom White is an attorney for the PSC Consumer Advocate Division. He had suggested that the commission needed to hold such a meeting.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/21chfxv) reports that testimony from PSC staff, consumer advocates and citizen groups contend that the water company did not prudently plan for a possible toxic leak.

The Freedom leak was into the Elk River.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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