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WV Group Finds Trace Spill Chemicals In Homes

Reported: Mar. 28, 2014 11:11 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 28, 2014 6:16 PM EDT
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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) -- Taxpayer-funded researchers say the 10 West Virginia homes they tested each contained traces of a chemical that spilled into their water supply in January.

In samples taken Feb. 11-18, chemical remnants were generally about 675 times less concentrated than the federal safe drinking level for the chemical in water. The independent WV TAP group discussed results Friday at West Virginia State University.

The Jan. 9 spill contaminated 300,000 people's water for days.

Based on WV TAP's suggestion, West Virginia American Water conducted tests last week that found the spilled chemical was still coming out of its plant in treated water. Concentrations were about 2,000 times lower than the safe drinking level.

The group has also finished an odor study and literature review. The total project cost $762,000 from the state.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bob Aaron) – The next phase of information is being released on the contaminated water study.

WV TAP, the independent group assessing water quality in the wake of the Jan. 9 chemical spill, is making its presentation Friday at West Virginia State University. WCHSTV.com is providing live stream coverage of the event here.

Some of the presentation is technical. It deals with the methodology researchers used. Questions from the public will come this afternoon. but others are very common sense.

State taxpayer-funded researchers are revealing water test results from West Virginians' homes after chemicals spilled into their water supply in January. WV TAP tested 10 home taps for the chemicals that contaminated 300,000 people's water. An odor study determined it's easier to smell the black-licorice chemical scent than the state and water company thought, even at low concentrations deemed safe to drink. The second study reinforced how little is known about the chemical or its health effects. The odor study carried a clear message.

An expanded study will involve about 30 homes. The 10 home tests left unanswered questions but showed problems still in the system. More on the health effects of Crude MCHM is slated to come out April 1.




INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) -- State taxpayer-funded researchers are revealing water test results from West Virginians' homes after chemicals spilled into their water supply in January.

The independent WV TAP group will discuss their results at West Virginia State University on Friday morning. The group tested 10 home taps for the chemicals that contaminated 300,000 people's water for days starting Jan. 9.

The group has finished two offshoots of the project that cost $762,000. An odor study determined it's easier to smell the black-licorice chemical scent than the state thought, even at low concentrations deemed safe to drink.

The second study reinforced how little is known about the chemical or its health effects.

At a Tuesday event, the researchers will critique the federal safe level established for one of the chemicals in the drinking water.

WCHSTV.com is providing live stream coverage of this event here.

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