Regulators: Protected Information Deemed Essential Could Be Considered In Chemical Spill Probe

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Regulators probing West Virginia American Water's response to a January chemical spill say they'll consider any and all information essential to their investigation.

West Virginia American Water says many records, including emergency response and prevention plans, are shielded by law or beyond the investigation's scope. Many have been requested in civil lawsuits.

Businesses affected by the spill, Advocates for a Safe Water System and the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division disagree. They think some documents aren't protected and would show how appropriately the water company reacted to the Jan. 9 spill.

A PSC order is expected this week.