February 6, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Speaking at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Leadership West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio renewed concerns surrounding the construction of State Road 7 through the city’s Grassy Waters Preserve.
“We are afraid of the consequences of building a road to our water supply,” Mayor Muoio told the group during their meeting.
The Mayor, in explaining the risks of a massive construction project and subsequent roadway running through the heart of the city’s drinking water supply, referred to the recent chemical spill in West Virginia that has crippled that areas drinking water supply.
According to MSNBC reports, at a hearing Tuesday of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant suggested that it could be years before the health consequences of the spill become clear.
“People are fed up,” she said during her testimony. “They are angry, and they are scared. Several people showed up at a town hall in Charleston last week with rashes they believe are connected to the water. Others have complained of headaches, nausea and vomiting. Families are melting snow to give their kids baths.”
“We don’t know what is going to happen when they build this road,” said Muoio.
In addition to possible affects on drinking water, the Mayor also expressed concerns over the affects to wildlife and endangered species that make Grassy Waters Preserve their home.
Mayor Muoio’s presentation was part of a day long program focused on the city’s western communities by Leadership West Palm Beach .