August 22, 2014

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The impact of West Virginia chemical spill to Kentucky drinking water continues to diminish

The lengthy plume of the chemical known as 4-MCHM made its way down the Ohio River with the leading edge in Louisville early Friday morning. Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) officials say tests show the levels of the chemical are below the threshold established as a threat to public health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We have no indication that there have been, or will be, issues or risks to Kentucky residents,” said DEP Commissioner R. Bruce Scott. “Our staff scientists continue to receive samples and test water from the Ohio River and the final treated drinking water. Based on the latest data, we expect levels below detection in the treated drinking water.”