Journalists to Officials: Quit Stonewalling on W.VA. Water Crisis

The Society of Environmental Journalists called on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other federal and state officials yesterday to stop stonewalling about the facts of the recent chemical spill in West Virginia.

Tanks owned by Freedom Industries, where a chemical spill contaminated the drinking water in Charleston, West Virgina.

Chemical tanks owned by Freedom Industries, where a spill contaminated the drinking water in Charleston, West Virgina. (Google Earth)

“During crises like these,” the news organization wrote, “it is the job of the news media to seek reliable answers for the public and hold government agencies accountable. It is a time when the government agencies responsible for health and safety need to be active, open, transparent, and available to answer public and  news media questions. From the beginning of the West Virginia emergency, government agencies seemed to be evading the news media, and by extension the public.”

[Disclosure: I’m a long-time member of SEJ.]