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Final Water Test Results Show All Schools Meeting Stringent Standard

March 05, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The final set of school water test results have returned with a non-detect reading at the 2 parts per billion (2ppb) screening level. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in late February called for additional water testing to confirm that all schools in the counties impacted by the chemical leak on Jan. 9 are under 2 parts per billion (ppb).
 
The West Virginia National Guard revisited more than 100 schools in Kanawha, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Lincoln and Putnam counties. All results are being posted on the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website: http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/Pages/WV-American-Water-Emergency.aspx
 
Previously, the National Guard took samples from all schools for lab testing at a level of 10 ppb, which is 100 times more protective than Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) recommend level of 1 part per million. The new 2ppb testing standard is 500 times more protective than the CDC’s public safety guideline.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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