Updated Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:24 pm
West Virginia 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.