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W.Va. to test water in homes after chemical spill

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 | 2:33 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration will test water in some West Virginia homes for the chemical that spilled last month.

Tomblin planned to announce details for the in-home testing at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

After the Jan. 9 chemical spill, officials have tested at the West Virginia American Water treatment plant, schools and various other spots across the affected region.

House Speaker Tim Miley and Minority Leader Tim Armstead have urged Tomblin to start representative sampling in homes across the affected nine-county area. The two lawmakers suggested making West Virginia American Water pay for the tests. But they want the state to conduct the testing.

Tomblin has said he does not intend to test the water in households of all 300,000 affected West Virginians, but would consider representative sampling.