Group: Utility could still have spill chemical

CHARLESTON (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 tap water.

The news release says the water company intends to release follow-up test results Tuesday. Water company officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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