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Guard tests water after W.Va. chemical spill

Friday - 1/24/2014, 10:36am  ET

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- National Guard teams from West Virginia and neighboring states are carrying out a massive water testing campaign following the chemical spill that polluted the water supply for 300,000 people.

Nearly 40 civil support team members from the Virginia and West Virginia National Guard were taking samples this week to test for contaminants in water supplied by West Virginia American Water.

The Charleston Gazette reports ( ) that the teams have been at the forefront of organizing, sampling and testing water since the Jan. 9 spill by Freedom Industries.

Guard officials say four support teams were in West Virginia at the peak of the water emergency, taking and logging water samples, transporting the samples to labs and keeping track of the results.

The teams have taken more than 1,500 water samples.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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