Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has directed the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health,in cooperation with local and state health officials, to move forward with a home testing project, West Virginia Testing Assessment Project or WV TAP, for residences in the nine-county area affected by the Elk River chemical spill. The Bureau for Public Health has engaged a team of independent, scientific experts to:

• Initiate an initial assessment for testing water at the tap in homes;

• Initiate an in-depth analysis to determine the odor threshold for MCHM;


• Establish an independent panel of experts to evaluate the safety factor for MCHM.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has asked members of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association in the affected nine county area (Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane) if they would accompany the independent scientists and their team as they collect samples and complete in-home testing during the initial assessment of WV TAP.

Fire Chief Jim Oldaker has said the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association stands ready to assist to do whatever is necessary to help the citizens of West Virginia affected by the spill.

Your participation is voluntary. Please note confidentiality is of critical importance as we complete the initial assessment of WV TAP. Information regarding the homes and those participating in the initial assessment must not be shared.

If you or your department is willing to participate, please provide the following contact information and send it to the email address listed below:

Fire Department:
Day Time Phone:
Evening Phone:
Fire Department Radio Unit #:

John Holstein

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