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Home Water Testing Continues In Nine Affected Counties

Reported: Feb. 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 14, 2014 1:01 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- In what's being called an unprecedented project, home water testing continues across the nine counties affected by the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill at Freedom Industries.

Eyewitness News spoke with one of the leaders of the independent team conducting those tests.

Dr. Andrew Whelton from the University of South Alabama said it will be several more weeks before we start to see the results of their tests.

Ten homes were chosen across the affected area. Whelton said there were about 60 samples taken in each of those homes at a cost of about $10,000 to $20,000 a home. Those samples have been shipped to California, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, and some are staying in West Virginia to be analyzed.

Whelton said that since Sunday, they have been contacting experts from around the world -- people who deal specifically with chemicals and associated health risks -- to put together a panel of experts who will review the 10 part per billion screening level for MCHM. They also have shipped samples of MCHM and Crude MCHM across the country to determine odor threshold levels.

Whelton said once testing is complete on the 10 homes, they will begin a larger scale sampling initiative that could include up to thousands of homes.



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