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Public Service Commission chairman steps down from chem spill probe

CHARLESTON (AP) — The state Public Service Commission’s chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company’s response to a January chemical spill.

The Charleston Gazette reports PSC Chairman Mike Albert cited his previous work as an attorney representing West Virginia American Water in stepping down from the spill investigation.

Albert says he wants to avoid a disruption and distraction in the investigation.

The Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries contaminated 300,000 people’s tap water for days.

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