Water Testing

Chemical Leak
2:38 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

WV TAP Researchers Say Initial Sample Collection Complete, Need Additional Funds

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The two scientists leading the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project, or WV TAP, following the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River near Charleston provided an update on the project Friday. The briefing was held in a Department of Health and Human Resources conference room in downtown Charleston.

Dr. Andrew Whelton and Jeffrey Rosen spoke to reporters and said they have completed gathering samples of 10 homes across the area affected. Samples from both hot and cold water were taken.

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Chemical Leak
6:26 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WVAM Using More Rigorous Water Testing Standard

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A news release from West Virginia American Water Thursday said all points of testing throughout the water distribution system show levels of MCHM below 10 parts per billion.

Crude MCHM is the chemical that leaked from a Freedom Industries site on the Elk River contaminating the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians in 9 counties.

The 10 ppb threshold was established by a state interagency team based on the measuring capabilities of multiple laboratories used during the response to the Jan. 9 spill.

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Chemical Leak
6:08 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Department of Education Says Gov. Tomblin Taking Proactive Steps to Ensure Student Safety

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

The West Virginia Department of Education said through a news release that they are working with the West Virginia National Guard following a directive from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Tomblin has called for additional water testing to confirm that all schools in the counties impacted by the chemical leak on Jan. 9 are under 2 parts per billion (ppb).

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The Legislature Today
10:47 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Announces In-Home Water Testing, Abortion Bill Gets Rejected, Sin Taxes, & More

Gov. Tomblin announces plans for in-home water testing, an abortion-restricting bill is rejected with a tie vote, the Senate looks to increase the sin tax to remedy a budget crunch, and The West Virginia Women's Commission outlines their legislative agenda.

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Chemical Leak
5:58 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

In-Home Testing After Elk River Chemical Spill Launches

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project for residents in the nine counties affected by the Jan. 9 chemical spill into Elk River.

The project, which will make use of $650,000 from the state budget according to Tomblin, will be conducted by independent scientific experts under the direction of Dr.  Andrew Whelton, assistant professor of environmental engineering at the University of South Alabama, and Corona Environmental Consulting.

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West Virginia Morning
7:32 am
Fri February 7, 2014

SNAP Benefits, Soliciting Public Employees, WVU Examines Water Quality, & The Sea, The Sea

On this episode of West Virginia Morning, a Sen. Ron Stollings wants Congress to change SNAP benefits and restrict the purchase of junk food.

The House examines changes in state code, that deal with politicians soliciting state employees.

Those stories and more!

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Chemical Leak
12:43 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Considers In-Home Water Testing

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is evaluating options to test tap water in people's homes after last month's chemical spill.
 
     After the Jan. 9 chemical spill, officials have based testing at the West Virginia American Water treatment plant and various other spots across the affected region.
 

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West Virginia Morning
1:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tape of Freedom Industries Call to the DEP Spill Hotline, How Water Testing Works

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear to the call placed by Freedom Industries to the Department of Environmental Protection when the chemical spill occurred.

Also, what's in the water? We learn what goes into water testing.

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Water Crisis
5:22 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Tests Show Presence of MCHM at Five W.Va. Schools

Credit Kanawha County Schools

Tests conducted more than two weeks after a chemical spill tainted the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians show the presence of the chemical remains in five schools.
 
     The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Friday released the results of water samples taken at 83 schools in five counties.
 

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