- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Test results could come next week on whether the chemical that spilled into 300,000 West Virginians’ water supply remains in people’s home taps.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1d0Q0A2) that an independent, state taxpayer-funded group tested 10 homes for the chemical following the Jan. 9 spill.

The team led by University of South Alabama researcher Andrew Whelton expects to use the small sample to conduct a larger study.

The group has finished two other offshoots of the project that cost $762,000. An odor study determined that it’s easier to smell the chemical’s black-licorice scent than the state thought. The team determined people can smell the chemical even at low concentrations deemed safe to drink.

The second study reinforced how little is known about the chemical or its health effects.

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Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, https://www.charlestondailymail.com


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