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Group reveals in-home chemical test results

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — State taxpayer-funded researchers are revealing water test results from West Virginians’ homes after chemicals spilled into their water supply in January.

The independent WV TAP group will discuss their results at West Virginia State University on Friday morning. The group tested 10 home taps for the chemicals that contaminated 300,000 people’s water for days starting Jan. 9.

The group has finished two offshoots of the project that cost $762,000. An odor study determined it’s easier to smell the black-licorice chemical scent than the state thought, even at low concentrations deemed safe to drink.

The second study reinforced how little is known about the chemical or its health effects.

At a Tuesday event, the researchers will critique the federal safe level established for one of the chemicals in the drinking water.

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