The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 13, 2014

Water testing continues near site of chemical spill

A storm water collection trench overflowed at the site of a Charleston company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia’s largest water supply. However after additional overnight tests, there was no detection of MCHM.

West Virginia American Water says testing Thursday night of treated and untreated water near the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant detected no evidence of the chemical that turned water taps off to 300,000 people for days in January. More testing was being conducted. Overnight test results continued to show no detection, according to a release Friday morning.

A total of six samples of raw (river) and treated water taken at the plant at different times before 10 p.m. were tested for MCHM overnight. All results show no detection, the release stated.

The overflow occurred at the Freedom Industries site, which is amid bankruptcy proceedings.

Upon notification of the overflow by DEP Thursday evening, West Virginia American Water took several steps of action. According to the press release, they consulted with the Bureau for Public Health, increased the frequency of monitoring, augmented the treatment process, and brought in additional personnel to monitor and analyze water quality

Additional samples will be taken and analyzed Friday and plant operators continue to constantly monitor water quality.

Freedom is under multiple federal and state investigations.

- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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