"I came here today to become empowered and educated, so I can go out in my community and have information," said Cyndi McGill of Nitro.
The two-day summit was sponsored by the group "People Concerned About Chemical Safety."
"What I got out of today is there is a lot of questions that need to be addressed. Our public officials need to step up to the plate instead of side stepping it," said Normen Ferguson of Charleston.
Ferguson is a Charleston resident who just recently started drinking his water again, but is optimistic forums like this one is a way for change and improvement when it comes to chemical safety.
"I found out coming to meetings like this and working with the public as a unit that we could influence the officials working on our behalf, he said.
"It doesn't matter how educated you are, you can get involved," said McGill.
All the feedback gained over the two day session will be used to create a Chemical Release Prevention Project.