- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State University has sued Dow Chemical Co. claiming its plant outside Charleston contaminated groundwater under the neighboring university.

The suit filed Thursday wants Dow and the plant’s previous owners to clean up the contamination and pay damages.

According to the suit, chemicals have been manufactured at the plant, a quarter-mile from the university, since 1947.

In between lies the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center, property the school acquired in 2014.

The university says the dioxane, dichloroethane and chloroform in the groundwater can vaporize into the air, including in its buildings.

President Anthony Jenkins advised students’ parents that the university gets water from a local utility and that nobody on campus drinks, bathes or cooks with the groundwater.

A Dow spokeswoman says they didn’t know the suit was filed and declined comment.

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