Manchin: W.Va. spill a 'wake up call'

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral Manchin up 9 points over GOP challenger in W.Va. Senate race MORE (D-W.Va.) says the major chemical spill that left water in his state contaminated for days is a “wake-up call."

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A ban on tap water was lifted Monday after a chemical spilled into the Elk River, near Charleston, W.Va. For five days, approximately 300,000 people were directed not to use the water for anything but flushing toilets.

“It’s just a horrific situation. It should never happen,” Manchin said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It tells you we have an awful lot of chemicals in this country that have been stored and have never been inspected. It’s a wake-up call for all of us.”

Manchin said officials told him the chemical was neither toxic nor lethal. He said everything should be running smoothly by Wednesday, and water will be safe to use.

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