House committee intends to hold hearing on W.Va. spill

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) said that a House committee plans to hold a hearing on the West Virginia chemical spill.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing -- which will examine the Freedom Industries coal-cleaning chemical spill -- is expected to take place in the coming weeks in Charleston, W.Va.

"My committee has the authority to examine how this happened and to explore what steps can be taken to prevent such spills in the future,” Rahalll said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I have spoken with my committee chairman, [Rep.] Bill Shuster [(R-Pa.)], and we will work to schedule a hearing in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I will continue to do all that I can to help our state with an efficient and effective response to this crisis,” Rahall added.

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