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UPDATE: CDC to Talk with W.Va. about Lab Studies on MCHM

By: The Associated Press, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: The Associated Press, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/19/14 @ 1:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal health experts say they'll talk with West Virginia officials about what lab studies are needed on little-known chemicals that spilled into a water system last month.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said Wednesday the CDC will reach out to the state about possibly conducting more studies.

Scientists worked with limited animal research when they quickly crafted a chemical standard used to lift a water-use ban about a month ago.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sent the CDC a letter Tuesday requesting more toxicology studies from it. He also asked the CDC to analyze health charts from patients admitted with symptoms that could have resulted from chemical contact.

After the spill into the Elk River, 300,000 people were told not to use their water for days.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/18/14 @ 8:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is urging federal health officials immediately to conduct more lab studies on the chemicals that spilled into a public water supply last month.

The governor also asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its partners to fund long-term health monitoring right away for the nine counties exposed to the chemicals.

Tomblin wrote in a letter to the CDC on Tuesday that more toxicology and epidemiology studies are needed on the chemicals. Scientists worked with limited animal studies to craft the standard they used to lift a water-use ban about a month ago. For four to 10 days, 300,000 West Virginians were told not to use their water.

Tomblin said he was unsure Tuesday how he felt about another idea to use millions of state dollars for health monitoring.


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