"Hearing Provides Few Answers on Water Safety"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When the lengthy prepared statements were over, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., opened the question-and-answer session with a predictable query: Is the drinking water supply that serves 300,000 West Virginians safe?"

"Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water, dodged. Water companies do not set safety standards, McIntyre said. They just follow them, and West Virginia American is 'in compliance with all the standards.'

Asked the same question, Dr. Letitia Tierney, commissioner of the state Bureau for Public Health, weaved.

'That's in a way a difficult thing to say, because everybody has a different definition of safe,' Tierney said. 'As I've used the example before, some people think it's safe to jump off the bridge on Bridge Day. I don't think that's safe. So everybody has a different definition.'"

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette February 10, 2014.


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Source: Charleston Gazette, 02/11/2014