Denial of Federal Aid Should Be Reversed

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have rejected West Virginia’s request for money – a few million dollars, at most – to reimburse emergency responders, public agencies and nonprofit groups that reacted to the January chemical spill in Charleston.

Water supplies to about 300,000 people were disrupted by the spill. Those who reacted to help victims did so immediately and effectively – and at substantial cost.

Money spent in responding to the spill will not be available to meet other needs.

FEMA officials, who frequently rush those in other states, should reconsider the effect their denial of assistance will have in West Virginia.