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

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.
     After the Jan. 9 chemical spill, the CDC created a scale that determined when 300,000 affected West Virginians could safely use their water. Days after a water-use ban was lifted, the agency then said pregnant women should avoid drinking the water.
     State and federal officials have called for more transparency from the CDC about its conclusions.
     Many residents remain wary of drinking or cooking with the water, though the nine-county region is clear to use it.