WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


The CDC Now Says The Water Is Safe

Reported: Feb. 24, 2014 6:52 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 25, 2014 3:39 PM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- For the first time since the chemical leak into the Elk River on January 9th, that tainted the water supply of people across 9 counties, the CDC now says the water is safe to use.

For more than 6 weeks, they wouldn't use that four letter word, and would only say it was appropriate. Despite the CDC’s declaration, water distribution sites were still busy today.

"Nothing will ever make me trust the water again because my opinion is the government will lie to you," said Elkview resident Paul Young.

"I don't trust them, it's going to be awhile before I want to use this water," said Elkview resident Sandy Ferrell.

In a phone interview with eyewitness news, CDC spokesperson Barbara Reynolds said the water is safe based on non-detect levels for MCHM. Safe is a word the CDC refused to use earlier this month.

The CDC was saying the water was appropriate based on a 1 part per million standard they established. However, with so little research about the chemical MCHM, people still are uneasy.

"I feel that they still haven't given us enough information about it. I mean safe for them, what does that mean,"
said South Charleston resident Sharron Rhyne.

"As far as I'm concerned, there are still chemicals in it. It's in the pipes they get in there, it's hard to say,” said Elkview resident Roy Rose.

And many say it will be months or even years before they use the water again, no matter what the CDC says. Paul Young says he is switching his home back over to well water.

"In my opinion we're being used as guinea pigs because they don't know what the overall outcome will be on humans,” Young added.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
State Fire Marshals Say Smoldering Cigarette Ignited Couch, Causing Fatal St. Albans Fire
News
Jul. 30, 2014 10:16 PM EDT
State fire marshals said a smoldering cigarette ignited ...
Full News Story and Video

Police Say Home Where Neglect Arrests Made Was In Deplorable Condition; Child Found Around Knives
News
Jul. 31, 2014 12:15 AM EDT
Three people are in jail after police said they found ...
Full News Story and Video

Miners Gather In Pittsburgh To Fight For Their Jobs
News
Jul. 30, 2014 11:11 PM EDT
Organized by the coal industry in West Virginia, Ohio ...
Full News Story and Video


News Subway Break-In Suspect Arrested
Jul. 30, 2014 11:52 PM EDT
News Reward In Braxton Animal Abuse Case Increases To $6,500
Jul. 30, 2014 11:31 PM EDT
News Blighted Homes An Issue All Over Charleston
Jul. 31, 2014 12:10 AM EDT
News Woman Accused Of Killing Mother Pleads Not Guilty
Jul. 30, 2014 11:08 PM EDT
News Hurricane Police Seek Suspect In Attempted Break-In
Jul. 30, 2014 11:10 PM EDT
News Detroit Suspect To Be Extradicted
Jul. 30, 2014 11:11 PM EDT
News Police Called To Middle School After Alleged Disturbance Involving Plants
Jul. 30, 2014 11:24 PM EDT
News Program Helps Children With Hearing Loss
Jul. 30, 2014 11:13 PM EDT
News AARP Driving Safety Class Helps Seniors In Many Ways
Jul. 30, 2014 10:19 PM EDT
News Fla. Mom Arrested For Letting Son, 7, Go To Park Alone
Jul. 30, 2014 10:14 PM EDT
News Northbound Lanes Of East River Mountain Tunnel On I-77 To Remain Open
Jul. 30, 2014 10:12 PM EDT
News Another Tornado Confirmed In West Virgina
Jul. 30, 2014 10:08 PM EDT
News Campaign For Cato: MU Star's Heisman Quest Is Launched
Jul. 30, 2014 10:04 PM EDT
News It's Never Too Late For Adults To Learn To Swim
Jul. 30, 2014 9:55 PM EDT
News Ex-Mingo Judge Reports To Florida Prison
Jul. 30, 2014 9:52 PM EDT
News Kenova Police Seek Help In Finding Theft Suspect
Jul. 30, 2014 9:50 PM EDT
News Friday Is Deadline For Jan. 9 Chemical Spill Claims
Jul. 30, 2014 9:47 PM EDT
News Hundreds Of Citations Handed Out In WV For Texting, Cell Phone Use While Driving
Jul. 31, 2014 12:10 AM EDT
News Police Say Teen Robbed In Downtown Charleston
Jul. 30, 2014 9:39 PM EDT
News Charges Dropped Against WVU RB
Jul. 30, 2014 9:33 PM EDT
News Elderly Woman Fights Off Intruders
Jul. 30, 2014 9:27 PM EDT
News Saints Coach Says Facilities Are "Pretty Amazing"
Jul. 25, 2014 10:25 AM EDT
News PETA Oposes Using Animals In WV Testing
Jul. 25, 2014 10:10 AM EDT
News Man Accused Of Stealing ATV, Crashing After Pursuit
Jul. 25, 2014 10:09 AM EDT
News WV Clinic Operator Faces Disciplinary Hearing
Jul. 25, 2014 10:31 AM EDT
News Search Under Way For Missing Man In Roane County
Jul. 25, 2014 9:23 AM EDT
News Junior Troopers To Graduate Academy
Jul. 25, 2014 9:12 AM EDT
News Blood Drive Held In Downtown Charleston Friday
Jul. 25, 2014 8:37 AM EDT
News WV State To Hold Emergency Drill Friday
Jul. 25, 2014 8:18 AM EDT
News Man Stabbed In Charleston
Jul. 25, 2014 7:46 AM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
W.Va. man admits to stealing dead person's ID

A Charleston man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of aggravated identity theft.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Feedback sought on education initiative in Ky.

Kentucky's Department of Education is asking for feedback on efforts by schools to prepare students for college or the workplace.
Full Story

Ohio News
Poll: President Obama's approval still low in Ohio

A new poll shows President Barack Obama's approval rating is falling in Ohio.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.