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In letter to W.Va. regulators, union worries contaminated water may have seeped into ground
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, January 24, 2014 6:48 AM EST
The head of the Utility Workers Union of America is raising concerns that West Virginia American Water Co.'s leaky pipes may have allowed contaminated water from the Elk River chemical spill to seep into the ground.
According to West Virginia American's most recent annual report on file with regulators, it could not account for more than 28 percent of the water it pumped in 2012.
Media outlets report that that number is far above the 15 percent that's considered acceptable.
The company says it isn't testing groundwater following the Jan. 9 spill but that the water doesn't pose a risk to the public, animals or vegetation.