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Kanawha County, WV delegate calls for water re-distribution; town hall meeting after formaldehyde reports

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Meshea Poore (D - Kanawha, 37).  Photo Courtesy:  West Virginia Legislature website Meshea Poore (D - Kanawha, 37). Photo Courtesy: West Virginia Legislature website
CHARLESTON, WV -

Kanawha County, WV Delegate Meshea Poore has called for the re-establishment of water distribution and has scheduled a town hall meeting after the reports of formaldehyde were reportedly found in the water supply where the chemical spill occurred on Jan. 9.

According to a news release issued by the WV House of Delegates, the town hall meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3 at First Baptist Church, located at 432 Shrewsbury Street, in Charleston, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to Kanawha Delegate Meshea Poore, "Residents within these nine counties, myself included, already lacked confidence in the safety of their water supply.  Now, as I am astonished to learn, the situation could be even worse than previously imagined.  No one should be expected to consume, or even wash with, this water."

The news release says that Delegate Poore was already planning this town hall meeting.

Poore goes on to say that "I have countless questions that have not been answered, and I know fellow residents do too.  I am inviting anyone with information about the safety of our water to attend and share information with us."

According to the news release, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, an Environmental Quality Board said the crude MCHM that spilled into the water supply ultimately can break down into formaldehyde, perhaps in the shower, and could be inhaled.

Delegate Poore said "I am beyond frustrated that we did not know this from the beginning.  However, from this point on, it is my hope we will get all the information available and confidence will eventually be restored in full.  In the meantime, we are still under a state of emergency because of this, and I think it's only appropriate that funds be provided – whether by the state or the federal government – so that clean water can to continue to be distributed to residents."