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Received this e-mail today from Senator Tom Udall (D. NM):
When you turn on your tap, the last thing you expect to come rushing out are toxic chemicals.

But that’s exactly what happened earlier this year in Charleston, West Virginia. Around 10,000 gallons of chemicals from a nearby plant contaminated the city’s water supply, leaving about 300,000 residents without access to drinkable water.

What’s more frustrating is that, with proper oversight, this disaster could have been averted. The plant that spilled those chemicals and polluted Charleston’s water supply had not been inspected by state or federal regulators in two years. We cannot afford that kind of risk anywhere. Not in West Virginia, and not in the Southwest, where water is scarce during this historic drought.

I’m joining with my friend and fellow Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, to urge Washington to act and protect our water. We can prevent future chemical spills like the one in Charleston. Add your voice to ours and sign the petition today.

This disaster could have happened anywhere. We need to make our voices heard in favor of safeguards that will ensure events like the spill in Charleston won't happen in New Mexico, or anywhere else in America.

Thank you for adding your signature to this important effort.



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Originally posted to pdc on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by New Mexico Kossaks, Climate Hawks, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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