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Web Date: July 11, 2016

Federal study of MCHM concludes

Chemical, which spilled into a West Virginia river in January 2014, likely didn’t harm people
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: public health, MCHM, 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol, West Virginia, National Toxicology Program

A just-released federal study of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) concluded that exposure to the chemical after it spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, W. Va., in January 2014 is “not likely to be associated with any adverse health effects.”

MCHM was the largest component of a mixture of chemicals that leaked from a corroded commercial storage tank upstream of the water supply for some 300,000 people. At the time of . . .

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