Sen. Rockefeller Releases Statement on Water Industry

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller released a statement Monday following a hearing at the Kanawha County Courthouse. The US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held the hearing, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, and U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall also attended. Sen. Rockefeller said in the statement that “Good businesses cannot thrive or even survive if they must shoulder the costs when bad actors get away with cutting corners. It’s time to acknowledge that industry is not looking out for you. Too many in industry are driven solely by maximized profits, and this cynical strategy has caused tremendous harm to West Virginians’ well-being and has shaken their sense of our state’s future.” Since the spill, Rockefeller asked the U.S. Chemical Safety Board to open an investigation into the root cause of the spill, and asked the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency to work on a joint study into the long-term health risks.