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Tap Water Declared Safe During WVTAP News Conference

Reported: Mar. 31, 2014 8:51 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) -- An independent research team is suggesting a more conservative standard for people using tap water tainted by a Jan. 9 chemical spill, but insists the water in West Virginia is safe.

The WVTAP group determined it is safe for people to consume, bathe in or breathe in a spilled chemical at a level eight times lower than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended. The group's benchmark accounts for average daily contact with the chemical over 28 days.

But the taxpayer-funded group also thinks a drinking water standard set by the CDC is accurate. Toxicologist Michael Dourson said his group didn't know how long the CDC assumed exposure to the chemical, but he guessed one or 10 days.

The spill contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water for days.

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (Bob Aaron, Jeff Morris) -- Tap water was declared safe during a WVTAP news conference on Tuesday.

The news conference is being conducted at West Virginia State University. WVTAP is the independent group that has been analyzing the water.

You can join the live stream coverage of the news conference here.




INSTITUTE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Whether they were mentioned as parts per million or parts per billion, the screening levels for water testing have sparked concern and confusion among many residents during the West Virginia water crisis.

WVTAP, the independent group assessing water quality, wants to clear up some of those issues.

Eyewitness News will provide live stream coverage on our website at WCHSTV.com of a news conference the group will conduct from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Ferrell Hall Auditorium on the West Virginia State University campus in Institute.

As part of the WVTAP project, the expert panel will review and discuss the available toxicology data and the scientific support for the West Virginia screening level for water established at 10 parts per billion, according to a news release from the group.

Panelists also will discuss the initial starting value of 1 part per million established by the Centers for Disease Control and then consider if the additional safety factor applied by the state of West Virginia was protective of public health, based on available data.

The news release said the panel will identify data gaps and make recommendations for additional studies or analyses that could strengthen the screening level and reduce uncertainty.

Organizations interested in participating the event should contact Andrew Whelton at ajwhelton@southalabama.edu.



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