US Senate hearing on W.Va. chemical spill

Work continues around storage tanks at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The ban on tap water for parts of West Virginia was lifted on Monday, ending a crisis for a fraction of the 300,000 people who were told not to drink, wash or cook with water after a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Gov. Earl Tomblin made the announcement at a news conference, five days after people were told to use the water only to flush their toilets. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee will hear testimony on the West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 people without clean water for days.

The Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing will be Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.

Among those testifying in Washington, D.C., are West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman.

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold its counterpart hearing in Charleston on Feb. 10.

On Jan. 9, some 10,000 gallons of a coal-cleaning chemical spilled from tanks at Freedom Industries into the Elk River. It made the water smell and residents all around Charleston were told not to drink or bathe in the water for days.

Freedom Industries has declared bankruptcy.

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