Yesterday, West Virginia State Senator Randy White (D), “introduced a bill on the senate floor that limits coal slurry sites from making changes to their permits until the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) releases its findings on whether the ground water in these areas is safe to drink.” To highlight the need for the DEP to release their findings quickly, White gave each of his colleagues bottles filled with water that he said had been contaminated by “coal slurry” — a common problem for West Virginian’s tap water. WSAZ News reports:
The senator tells WSAZ.com he wants other lawmakers to realize there are health concerns when it comes to drinking coal slurry water. He says lawmakers are elected to protect their constituents’ health and they need to be held accountable to make sure they’re doing just that.
White says if people have to drink water with coal slurry in it, lawmakers should have to drink it as well.
WSAZ explains that White later revealed that his “coal slurry” was actually a “safe concoction.” Watch WSAZ’s report:
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