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The Herald-Dispatch

From left, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, prior to testifying before the Senate subcommittee on Water and Wildlife hearing to examine the safety and security of drinking water supplies following the Central West Virginia drinking water crisis. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Gallery: Chemical spill hearing in Congress

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

Patchwork federal regulations are inadequate to protect the public from chemical spills such as the one last month that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginia residents, members of Congress and state officials said at a hearing Tuesday.