The West Virginia Public Water System Supply Study Commission provided its first annual report on Monday to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Government and Finance, as called for by Senate Bill 373.
The report outlines the commission’s initial progress toward studying the topics assigned by the legislation, enacted in response to the Elk River chemical leak and its subsequent impact on the water supply for more than 300,000 West Virginians.
“This report is a testament to months of hard work from Commission members and the public,” said Chairman Jimmy Gianato. “It serves as guidance on how to integrate the requirements of Senate Bill 373 into planning and response operations at all levels of government.”
The report is also available on the resource page for the commission, hosted by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/Pages/water-commission.aspx. The commission’s page also features information about the 12-member commission and its work groups, assigned to focus on each of the study topics, among other resources.
The commission tentatively expects to schedule its next meeting in April 2015, following next year’s 60-day regular session of the Legislature.