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W.Va. water tests encouraging after chemical spill

2 years 6 months 1 week ago January 13, 2014 Jan 13, 2014 Monday, January 13 2014 January 13, 2014 5:16 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: MITCH WEISS & BRENDAN FARRINGTON

DRY BRANCH, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Earl Tomblin says water tests are encouraging after a chemical spill tainted the supply, but people are still being told not to drink or bath in the water.

Tomblin did not give a timetable Sunday for when people might be able to use the water again. But Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, of the West Virginia National Guard, did say that testing near the water treatment facility has consistently been below 1 part per million.

That's a key step officials needed so that they can begin the next step of flushing the system.

About 300,000 people were told Thursday not to use the water after a chemical leaked from a plant into the Elk River and tainted the water supply.

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