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MU Town Hall Allows Public To Ask Experts About Water Crisis

Reported: Feb. 20, 2014 11:34 PM EST

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dan Matics) -- Experts that have been handling the water crisis held a public forum at Marshall University Thursday night.

Concern over the water emergency that has spread to Cabell County was tackled head-on at the event, organized by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

"The water that passes through Charleston comes here next," Jim Ashworth of Huntington said.

Many others had questions for key experts, like Dr. Andrew Whelton.

Whelton is leading an in-home study that is sponsored by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.

"We have completed the 10 home study," Whelton said.

They are waiting for lab data to come back.

As of Thursday, West Virginia American Water said all water testing sites were reporting the MCHM level below 10 parts per billion, a non-detectable level.

Whelton is addressing the issue as to why the licorice odor still remains.

He said the purpose of his study is to develop better equipment.

"Ten parts per billion is the level at which most very expensive analytical equipment can’t detect,” he said. “But that doesn't mean it’s not there at a lower level, so we are trying to develop techniques to go lower and lower and lower."

Whelton will hold a press conference Friday in Kanawha county to release more of his findings from his in-home study.

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