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Water Test Results For Grandview Measure At Non-Detect Level

Reported: Feb. 18, 2014 9:32 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 18, 2014 12:38 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Water test results for Grandview Elementary in Charleston have returned at non-detect levels.

Kanawha County School Superintendent Ron Duerring said Kanawha County Schools decided to dismiss Grandview Elementary only as a precaution and it is expected that school will be back in session on Tuesday.

Non-detect means that there are no traces of MCHM at neither the 1 part per million screening level recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for protecting public health nor the 10 parts per billion screen level directed by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Duerring said.

The Rapid Response team was sent to Grandview on Monday morning following reports of a slight licorice odor and two school employees complaining of symptoms. The superintendent said there were no reports of students displaying symptoms.

The Rapid Response Team is working with Grandview Elementary to reflush and retest the water. The team is expected to revisit Grandview Elementary Tuesday morning as employees arrive.

"The safety of students continues to be a priority," Duerring said. "Kanawha County School System has followed all flushing protocols and in many cases has gone beyond requirements in an effort to ensure student safety. The county also continues to provide bottled water, cook with bottled water and make available hand sanitizer.

The Rapid Response Team, which is made up of individuals from the West Virginia National Guard, the Kanawha Charleston Health Department, the West Virginia DEP’s Division of Air Quality, the Kanawha County Emergency Operations Center and the local school system, has been working with area schools to conduct inspections and additional testing.

The Rapid Response Team also visited Sharon Dawes Elementary, John Adams Middle School, and Alum Creek Elementary on Monday. There were complaints of a slight licorice odor at Sharon Dawes and John Adams. Alum Creek reported oily water in one sink, which does not appear to be related to the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River.

Test results from Sharon Dawes Elementary and Alum Creek Elementary also returned at non-detect levels. Results for John Adams Middle School are pending.



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