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UPDATE:

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request for additional aid after nine counties in the state were affected by a chemical spill was denied.

Tomblin said on April 10 FEMA had denied the request he has made several times, calling the spill not a 'major' disaster.

The money could have gone to future studies into the long-term health effects of the crude MCHM.

Read the letter Tomblin sent to FEMA HERE.

Original Story March 12:

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin officially filed an appeal March 11 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny West Virginia's request for federal assistance and emergency protective measures after the Jan. 9 spill of chemicals into the Elk River.

Tomblin requested FEMA modify its current federal Emergency Declaration Jan. 27 and the agency denied his request Feb. 10.

The Emergency Declaration FEMA granted denies access to Category B Emergency Protective Measures funding for public agencies that made expenditures to distribute supplies and meet the needs of the 300,000 people in parts of nine southern West Virginia counties who were affected by the spill. If FEMA were to grant the modification, eligible applicants in the affected counties would be able to receive FEMA support, which includes reimbursement.

"It was an unprecedented disaster, and I believe it is of such severity and magnitude to warrant further public assistance," Tomblin said in a prepared statement. "The financial impact has been significant and certain aspects will continue to demand public assistance, including ongoing testing, which will help provide much-needed information to the scientific and public health communities."