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


Tap Water Declared Safe During WVTAP News Conference

Reported: Mar. 31, 2014 8:51 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

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.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.




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.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Police Say Two Arrested After Home Invasion
News
Jul. 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT
Gallia County, Ohio, deputies said two men were arrested ...
Full News Story

Three Girls To Graduate From Listening, Language, Learning Program
News
Jul. 29, 2014 4:03 PM EDT
After several years of learning to improve their speaking ...
Full News Story

Fruit Recall Affects Costco, Trader Joe's and Walmart Stores
News
Jul. 29, 2014 2:29 PM EDT
If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or ...
Full News Story


News State Police Arrest 10 In Warrant Roundup In Boone County
Jul. 29, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
News West Virginia American Water To Conduct Public Tour
Jul. 29, 2014 12:51 PM EDT
News Charleston Distance Run Key Registration Deadlines Near
Jul. 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT
News Charleston Police Respond To Gun Report, Temporarily Take AK-47 For Safekeeping
Jul. 29, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
News Representatives From WV, PA and Ohio To Participate In Pittsburgh Coal Rally
Jul. 29, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
News Volunteer West Virginia To Host 2014 Faces Of Leadership Conference
Jul. 29, 2014 12:28 PM EDT
News Nissan Expands Recall Prompted By Faulty Airbag
Jul. 29, 2014 10:41 AM EDT
News Proposal Calls For Backup Drinking Water Source At Coonskin Park
Jul. 29, 2014 10:21 AM EDT
News Police Say Man Arrested After Allegedly Stabbing Roommate In St. Albans
Jul. 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
News Northbound Lanes Of East River Mountain Tunnel On I-77 To Close For Damage Repair
Jul. 29, 2014 10:48 AM EDT
News Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine In Chemical Spill
Jul. 29, 2014 10:56 AM EDT
News Police Arrest Third Person In South Charleston Theft Cases
Jul. 29, 2014 1:21 PM EDT
News Capito To Speak At EPA Hearing
Jul. 29, 2014 8:58 AM EDT
News Huntington Fire Ruled Accidental
Jul. 29, 2014 9:28 AM EDT
News One Lane Of I-64 Eastbound Traffic Reopened After Vehicle Accident
Jul. 29, 2014 11:04 AM EDT
News Police Say Shots Fired In Charleston's East End
Jul. 29, 2014 9:25 AM EDT
News WV Man Sentenced To Five Years In Drug Gang Probe
Jul. 29, 2014 9:20 AM EDT
News WV Union PAC Gets $250,000 Check
Jul. 29, 2014 9:19 AM EDT
News Weekend Tornado Confirmed In WV
Jul. 29, 2014 9:18 AM EDT
News Huntington Police Investigating Shooting
Jul. 29, 2014 12:49 PM EDT
News Community Supports Huntington Fire Victims
Jul. 29, 2014 9:14 AM EDT
News Sparking Brakes Triggered Truck Tunnel Fire
Jul. 28, 2014 11:30 PM EDT
News Virginia Court Ruling On Gay Marriage Could Have WV Implications
Jul. 28, 2014 10:32 PM EDT
News Dem Vows To Fight For Coal, GOP Calls Claims "Hypocritical"
Jul. 28, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Gunshots Scare Families In Small Hurricane Neighborhood
Jul. 28, 2014 5:56 PM EDT
News Drums Across Tri-State This Evening At Laidley Field
Jul. 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT
News Man Accused Of Stabbing Girlfriend After She Threw His Meth Into Woods
Jul. 28, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
News Aldi To Open Store At Teays Valley Shopping Center
Jul. 28, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
News Man Accused In Robbery Has Bond Terms Modified
Jul. 28, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News Ohio Woman Sentenced In WV Embezzlement
Jul. 28, 2014 4:09 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Wilmington man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man during a robbery.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Indiana sheriff charged in prostitution case

A southern Indiana sheriff has been arrested in a prostitution investigation just weeks after a suburban Indianapolis sheriff resigned over his own relationship with a prostitute.
Full Story

Ohio News
Prosecutor to discuss allegations against pitcher

A Detroit-area prosecutor plans to talk to reporters about an investigation involving Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Evan Reed and allegations of sexual assault.
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.