- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Initial tests show no traces of a second chemical that spilled into the water supply for some 300,000 West Virginians.

State officials say there should be no health concerns. They took 30 samples at the Charleston water treatment plant and reviewed past tests for signs of the substance.

Freedom Industries revealed Tuesday that a chemical called “PPH stripped” was mixed with the 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning agent that seeped into the Elk River on Jan. 9. The spill caused a days-long water-use ban for 300,000 people.

Freedom originally said only the coal-cleaning agent, crude MCHM, was spilled.

The state will test for the substance at better detection limits. Like the first chemical, little is known about the chemical’s toxicity. Federal officials believe it’s less harmful than crude MCHM.

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