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5 NEWS UPDATE: No Detection of Chemical After Trench Overflow
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 14, 2014 @ 8:07PM
Created on June 14, 2014 @ 10:47PM

UPDATE: 6/14 10:00 A.M.

According to the West Virginia American Water Company, their overnight investigations showed no detection of MCHM in water at the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant following an overflow of a storm water collection trench at the Freedom Industries site.

Two samples were taken at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and both results showed no detection.

UPDATE: 6/13 1:00 A.M.

According to a press release issued early Friday morning from The West Virginia American Water Company, their investigation has found that "initial test results show no detection of MCHM in water at the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant following an overflow of a storm water collection trench at the Freedom Industries site. Samples of raw (river) and treated water taken at the plant this evening were tested for MCHM and show no detection. Additional analyses are being performed overnight."

The release goes on to say that, "since being notified of the overflow, there has been no indication of MCHM in the Elk River at our intake or anywhere in the treatment plant processes. Staff members are constantly monitoring the situation..."

According to the release, the West Virginia American Water company is working closely with the Bureau for Public Health and the WVDEP to constantly monitor the situation, and operators are also heating samples of water to enhance the detection of any possible odors.

Stick with 5 News as this story continues to develop.


The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protect is inspecting the site of the Freedom Industries spill following the overflow of a storm water collection trench. Some of this water spilled into the Elk River.

A DEP inspector first noticed water overflowing from the trench around 5 p.m. Thursday. It isn't clear if the water entering the river contained any crude MCHM.

Samples of the water will be tested at multiple labs.

Stay with 5 News for further updates.

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