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W.Va. to conduct in-home water testing after chemical spill
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:59 PM EST
A taxpayer-funded research team will immediately start testing 10 homes for the chemical that spilled into the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.
Dr. Andrew Whelton and Jeffrey Rosen of Corona Environmental Consulting will lead the independent team.
Whelton says a larger study would follow involving homes "up in the thousands."
Experts will also examine the baseline created before a water-use ban was lifted weeks ago. Researchers will study the odor threshold for the chemical in water.
After the Jan. 9 spill, officials have tested at a water treatment plant, schools and elsewhere across nine counties.
The initial project cost is $650,000. Tomblin is asking for potentially millions more in federal money.