Responding to the Freedom Industries chemical spill
As we mentioned previously, the Governor has ordered a small sample of in-home water testing to begin in the nine counties impacted by the spill. The website for this program, the West Virginia Testing Assistance Program is here. No testing results are available yet. Today’s Daily Mail article notes that the program will be able to detect crude MCHM in drinking water at a level down to 1 part per billion.
The WV TAP Program’s website is honest about the fact that their program “will not answer all of the questions.” It is a crucial step, but more research still needs to be done on health effects and the breakdown products and ultimate fate of crude MCHM and PPH in drinking water. They state, “[w]e will develop a framework for future research that should be conducted to improve our understanding of the health effects, chemical characteristics, and fate.”