On Saturday, state officials announced they would force Freedom Industries to shut down and dismantle the Elk River tank farm. Goodwin said Tuesday that won't be done until the investigation is complete.
The area around Freedom still smelled like licorice -- the odor of the chemical now familiar to many area residents -- on Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, a state Department of Health and Human Resources official said the department had stopped counting how many people were going to hospitals with health complaints that might be related to the contaminated water.
"DHHR has now moved toward the post-crisis review of hospitalizations and is no longer collecting daily reports of hospitalizations," DHHR spokeswoman Allison Adler said in a email.
"DHHR epidemiologists, with the assistance of CDC epidemiologists, will conduct a population surveillance which includes the review of patient charts to determine if there is a link between the illness and the chemical leak," Adler said. "All information gathered and released will be with regard to the population. The DHHR has significant experience in performing these surveys as it is part of its public health mission."
State and water company officials have said the water is safe, relying on a standard of 1 part per million for the chemical that they say was stated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials have said they should have been clearer that the threshold was not a "bright line" between safe and unsafe, and a CDC advisory for pregnant women not to drink the water remains in effect.
Staff writer David Gutman contributed to this report.
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