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Georgetown and Harvard Researchers Look at Chemical Spill

Elk River Chemical spill
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Georgetown University and Harvard University researchers are in Charleston discussing the response to a January chemical spill into the state's largest public water supply.

The research team met with state and local officials and community stakeholders Wednesday at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Researchers say their study results will be released at a later date.

The group's research focuses on learning from past incidents in public health emergency preparedness.

The Georgetown and Harvard team last visited Charleston in July to talk to individual stakeholders.

The January spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

Government and water company officials were tasked with responding quickly to the massive spill of little-known coal-cleaning chemicals.


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