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Health & Science
12:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill

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Federal, state, and Kanawha county officials met Wednesday in U.S. Senator Joe  Manchin’s Washington D.C. office to pin down plans for more studies on the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The announcement comes as a relief to those who’ve been pressing for this development since almost day one. 

Members of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources were part of the meeting.

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Health & Science
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Case of Mosquito-Borne Virus Confirmed in West Virginia

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State health officials say they've confirmed West Virginia's first case of a nasty mosquito-borne virus.

  The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health says the case involved a person who traveled from western West Virginia to Haiti and became symptomatic when the person returned.

The Bureau for Public Health says it has sent letters to health departments and health care providers advising providers of the confirmed case along with clinical information and prevention messaging.   

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Health & Science
5:36 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

CDC Denies West Virginia's Request for More Animal Tests on MCHM

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  Federal officials aren't granting a state request for more animal tests for a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply in January.

In February, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked for additional tests to determine the long-term health effects of consuming, breathing or coming in contact with the spilled chemical, crude MCHM.

In a March 13 letter made public Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told state health officials it believed long-term effects were unlikely. CDC described plans only to track trends with resources like birth defects surveillance, cancer registries and health systems data.

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Health & Science
10:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

W.Va. Center Gets Federal Disease Prevention Grant

  The West Virginia Prevention Research Center is getting $750,000 to conduct disease prevention research.

Officials say the funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is for the first year of a five-year funding period.

The center is one of 26 academic institutions nationally and the only one in West Virginia to receive the funding.

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Chemical Spill
12:37 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

CDC Explains Rationale for MCHM Drinking Water Standard

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In a letter to Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, federal health officials say they thought their drinking water standard established after the Elk River chemical spill would have protected West Virginias from other forms of contact. 

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official says drinking the contaminated water was the primary exposure they were concerned with when forming their safety threshold. CDC director Thomas Frieden says consumption was associated with the most significant health effects.

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Inhaling Chemical
1:28 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Capito Asking Questions About Spill

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is asking federal health officials for more information about skin contact and inhaling a chemical that spilled in January.

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Public Health
5:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Surveys to Collect Data on Impact of Elk River Spill

Surveys soon to be conducted by local, state, and federal officials will gather data on public health and concerns following the January 9 spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department will hold phone survey and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) will conduct a door-to-door questionnaire.

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Health Effects
8:55 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Panel Deems CDC Screening Level for MCHM 'Safe', Establishes Own 8 Times As Strict

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Independent researchers working together on the taxpayer-funded WV TAP project have already released an expert odor analysis for Crude MCHM, and have delivered the findings of their 10 home testing pilot project. However, the public has repeatedly called for an understanding of potential health effects from the January spill of Crude MCHM by Freedom Industries.

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12:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Is the Water Safe Yet?

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In this piece from The Atlantic, Marin Cogan details how little was (and still is) known about MCHM, the chemical spilled into the Elk River by Freedom Industries on January 9 and affected the drinking water of West Virginians across nine counties. The story also highlights failures in policy--from state and federal agencies--such as the Department of Environmental Protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Robert Thaw was in the woods when he first heard the news. Every Thursday night, the Charleston-based surveyor and his friends take their mountain bikes to the Kanawha State Forest for a long, punishing ride to work off stress and energy from the week.
1:38 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

CDC’s Face in W.Va. Water Crisis Resigns

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been heavily criticized in their response to the January 9 spill by Freedom Industries and the water crisis that followed. Dr. Tanja Popvic, who represented the CDC in West Virginia at a news briefing in February, has resigned from her post as director of the federal agency's National Center for Environmental Health. Ken Ward of The Charleston Gazette breaks down Popvic's and the CDC's presence here post-spill and the response to her resignation.
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March 24, 2014 by Ken Ward Jr. Gazette photo by Lawrence Pierce Readers who followed the continuing water crisis in West Virginia may remember the face of the federal official standing at Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's podium in the photo above.
Chemical Leak
4:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

WVAW Discontinues Bulk Water Distribution

West Virginia American Water announced Monday they would be discontinuing their bulk water distribution service two days early.

In a press release, the company said the forecast is to blame for the early end to the service which was planned to end Wednesday. Bulk water tankers in previous weeks have been unable to distribute water when temperatures reach freezing.

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Chemical Leak
2:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

W.Va. Delegation Urges CDC to Monitor Health Effects of Jan. Spill

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West Virginia’s Congressional Delegation has penned a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urging health officials to conduct further studies on the effects of the January 9 Freedom Industries chemical spill.

Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representatives Nick Rahall, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley sent the letter Thursday.

The letter supports Gov. Tomblin’s request for additional studies and health monitoring of the more than 300,000 West Virginians impacted by the spill in the Kanawha Valley.

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Chemical Leak
4:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Federal Health Officials Now Calling W.Va. Water 'Safe'

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A federal health official says it's safe to use water contaminated by a chemical spill in West Virginia last month.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously labeled the water "appropriate for use" by everybody, but not "safe."
 

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Chemical Leak
1:31 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

CDC to Talk with W.Va. About Lab Studies on Spilled Chemicals

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Federal health experts say they'll talk with West Virginia officials about what lab studies are needed on little-known chemicals that spilled into a water system last month.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said Wednesday the CDC will reach out to the state about possibly conducting more studies.
 

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Chemical Leak
6:50 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Gov. Tomblin, DHHR Secretary Request CDC to Conduct Further Health Studies After Spill

Dr. Tanja Popovic, Deputy Associate Director for Science for the CDC addresses the media at a news conference on Wednesday, February 5.
Credit Chuck Roberts / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling Tuesday sent a letter to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to formally request the CDC, or its partners, immediately conduct further epidemiological and/or toxicological studies and address ongoing population surveillance or monitoring as a result of the January 9 Elk River chemical spill.

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The Legislature Today
7:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Gives Briefing with CDC and EPA, Water Commission Hears from Health Officials, & More

The House passes a bill known as the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act--but not without fierce debate over an amendment that sought to include "fetus" in the bill's language, The Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources hears from Kanawha-Charleston Health Depart chief Dr. Rahul Gupta and the state Bureau for Public Health's Dr. Letitia Tierney. Also, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin provides an update on the chemical spill and water crisis with officials from the CDC and EPA.

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Chemical Leak
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Five Things West Virginia Heard Wednesday from CDC, EPA, & Gov. Tomblin

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined Wednesday by state officials as well as officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency to provide an update to the ongoing response to the January 9 chemical spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River.

Here's what we learned from the briefing:

1. The 1 parts per million threshold for MCHM doesn't declare the water "safe."

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Chemical Leak
12:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

AUDIO: Gov. Tomblin, CDC, EPA, & State Officials Provide Update on Chemical Spill and Water Crisis

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Gov. Tomblin Wednesday afternoon joined members of the state and federal team involved in efforts following the January 9 chemical spill into the Elk River and water crisis that followed. Tomblin, along with officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state agencies, provided an update on what has been accomplished, the current status of spill response, and the actions the team plans to take moving forward.

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8:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

CDC Provides Info on MCHM/PPH, Drinking Water Advisory, & More

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The CDC has published information regarding chemicals involved in the Elk River chemical spill, how they've determined thresholds for safe drinking water, and more.
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Background On January 9, 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of an industrial chemical, 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM), spilled into the Elk River just upstream from the Kanawha County municipal water intake in Charleston, West Virginia. This municipal water system serves nearly 300,000 people whose water was affected by the chemical spill.
Government
6:11 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

CDC, EPA Officials Coming to Visit W.Va. After Chemical Spill

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Officials from the federal agency that helped determine when people could use their water again will be visiting Charleston.
 
     Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday will give officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an update on last month's chemical spill. Environmental Protection Agency officials will join them.
 

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