After W. Va. Water Contamination, Senators Examine Tougher Regulations

Freedom Industries on Barlow St on the banks of the Elk River is seen on January 10, 2014 in Charleston, West Virginia. West Virginia American Water determined Thursday MCHM chemical had 'overwhelmed' the plant's capacity to keep it out of the water from a spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston. An unknown amount of the hazardous chemical contaminated the public water system for potentially 300,000 people in West Virginia. (Tom Hindman/Getty Images)

U.S. senators are hearing testimony about how to prevent the kind of chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water in and around Charleston, West Virginia, last month. Many residents continue to complain about a strong odor in their water, despite being told it’s safe.

Beth Vorhees is covering the story for West Virginia Public Radio and joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with the latest.


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