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Officials Say Third Chemical Did Not Leak From Freedom Site; State Seeks Info On Illnesses

Reported: Mar. 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bob Aaron) -- State health workers are asking doctors to report illness symptoms that could be linked to the water crisis.

Meanwhile, what appeared to be an alarming development this week may not what it appears to be.

A Freedom Industries report to homeland security made public this week made it appear that another chemical might be involved in the Jan. 9 leak that contaminated water supplies for 300,000 people.

It reported something called Shurflot 944 stored in the MCHM tanks last year at the Charleston tank farm. Freedom first reported only crude MCHM in the 10,000 gallon spill, but later reported PPH also leaked.

The homeland report seemed to hint something else might have spilled, but state regulators did not think so.

Freedom President Gary Southern said Surflot is Freedom's brand or marketing name for MCHM. It's the same coal cleaning chemical. .

West Virginia America Water only found PPH, and not much of it, in 2 of 300 samples taken from water.

The state is sending letters to 865 physicians across the nine-county region who may have treated patients affected by the chemical spill. They request reports on all patients with exposure to water contaminated by MCHM through drinking, skin contact or inhalation.



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