Group: WVa utility could still have spill chemical
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State taxpayer-funded researchers think a West Virginia water plant could still contain traces of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply.
In a news release Tuesday, the independent WV TAP team said it found low chemical levels last week in one of the first homes in West Virginia American Water's distribution. The chemical from the Jan. 9 spill wasn't detectable in the river upstream or at the water plant's intake.
The chemical, crude MCHM, was detected at least 10 times lower than the state's testing level, and at least 1,000 times lower than federal officials say is safe to consume in water.
Spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the water company will release follow-up test results Tuesday.
The researchers are releasing chemical test results Friday from taps in 10 homes.