Tell Governor Tomblin &
"Don't Delay Public Safety. No Special Session."
WV-CAG and allied organizations are asking
our members to call Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Governor (304-558-2000),
Senate President Jeff Kessler (304-357-7801) and House Speaker Miley
(304-340-3210) to let them know that the public does NOT want to delay
the implementation of SB 373.
SB 373 was passed in response to the Freedom
Industries chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water of more
than 300,000 West Virginians. It was strenuously negotiated, passed both
houses unanimously to overwhelming public support and was lauded by the
Governor. Interim guidelines for inspection have been available through
the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website for months.
There should NOT be a delay now.
Legislative leaders argue the delay is
needed to prevent "uncertainty [for] affected industries and the
families that rely on them for employment." However, the spill cost
businesses $61 million according to a preliminary economic impact study.
Small businesses such as medical offices, restaurants, hotels, and
retail stores that need clean water to operate, the families that rely
on them for employment, and others affected by the spill also need
certainty and assurances that another disaster like this won't happen
Please call Governor Tomblin,
Senate President Kessler and Speaker Miley and tell them, "Don’t delay
public safety. Don’t water down the water bill."