Feds Commit To Health Studies On Spilled Chemicals

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Federal health officials will conduct more animal studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply in January.

Kanawha County health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta said the National Toxicology Program will spend $750,000 to $1.2 million on studies. He said they'll take up to a year to complete, and will address health implications on humans of the spilled chemical mixture.

The federal commitment came Wednesday during a meeting in Sen. Joe Manchin's Washington, D.C., office. Federal, state and county officials attended.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also committed to visit West Virginia within the next two months to start crafting a long-term health monitoring program.

The spill spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

The commitment was first reported by WOWK-TV