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W.Va. official: about $2M in chemical spill response costs reimbursable by FEMA
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:25 PM EDT
A West Virginia homeland security official thinks responders for a Jan. 9 chemical spill into the water supply could receive $2 million in federal help.
Public agencies and nonprofits could receive Federal Emergency Management Agency grants for related costs incurred Jan. 9-20, including overtime, temporary employees and contractors, and use of equipment, like ambulances.
After denying assistance, FEMA agreed to a state appeal for reimbursement grants.
FEMA covers 75 percent of the costs. The state covers the rest.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin estimates a $61 million economic loss over nine counties, where 300,000 people couldn't use tap water for days.