W.Va. officials ask for more chemical leak studies

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s congressional delegation is asking federal health experts to perform more lab studies on the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people’s water last month.


A letter from the state’s three U.S. House and two Senate members Thursday also asks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address epidemiology, monitoring and health surveillance needs.


After the Jan. 9 spill, residents were told not to use their water for days. CDC scientists worked with limited animal research when they quickly crafted a chemical standard used to lift the water-use ban.


The congressional letter backs Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s similar request last week. Tomblin also asked the CDC for more toxicology studies and urged the agency to analyze health charts from patients with symptoms that could have resulted from chemical contact.


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