Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 13, 2013
Americans for Prosperity Foundation has given back to the Charleston, W.Va. community – commissioning its staff and volunteers to help distribute more than 4,000 cases of water to families in the area in the wake of a massive chemical spill that contaminated the local water supply.
More than 25 AFPF staffers and volunteers have helped out with the cause over the past three days.
“It is so exciting to serve our fellow West Virginians at this crucial time of need,” Wendy McCuskey, West Virginia state director of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, said in a press release Sunday. “We have had multiple residents tell us that they are picking up water for elderly neighbors who are not mobile and need clean water. We are so happy to be able to meet their need for clean water and ease this very difficult time for West Virginia families.”
As many as 300,000 residents of the Mountain State’s most populous city have been without running water since Thursday after a tank rupture caused a coal-processing chemical to spill into the Elk River, the area’s main water source. It remains unknown what initially caused the tank rupture. President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration allowing federal disaster assistance to be allocated to the state because of the crisis, and several Democratic legislators have called for hearings on the regulatory gaps that potentially led to the rupture.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomlin announced Monday that saying that the state is “finally at a point where the ‘do not use’ order has been lifted in certain areas.” The water ban has only been lifted for about 10,000 people, however, a spokesman for West Virginia American Water told The Associated Press.An article printed in Examiner.com reports that Freedom Industries – the company responsible for the tank rupture – is owned by a subsidiary of Koch Industries. Charles and David Koch, the owners of Koch Industries, are the primary benefactors of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, among other organizations.