Gov. Tomblin Appeals For Help After Chemical Spill
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is urging federal officials to reconsider denying extra financial assistance after a January chemical spill. In a letter to federal emergency officials, Tomblin estimated a $61 million economic impact in the nine affected counties and a $72 million total impact. Restaurants lost profits while shuttered during the ban. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Feb. 12 denied Tomblin's request for reimbursement for first responders, nonprofits and public agencies that assisted during the spill. FEMA said it determined additional assistance wasn't warranted because certain costs associated with response and recovery efforts weren't beyond the state and local governments' response and recovery capabilities.