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'Slight MCHM detection' at Malden Elementary

By Staff reports

Malden Elementary School will be re-flushed after school today following a "slight MCHM detection in one of the school's water fountains," according to Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring.

A water sample collected from the fountain Monday showed levels of MCHM .013 parts per million and .018 parts per million at two separate labs. The results meet the Centers for Disease Control's recommended 1 part per million screening level, but not the 10 parts per billion level from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Other samples collected Monday showed non-detect levels of MCHM, Duerring said in a statement.

Different areas of the school have been tested twice in the last two weeks, but both times results have shown non-detect levels of MCHM, according to the statement. Sample results will be released to the public once confirmed. Students at Malden Elementary will continue to use bottled water and hand sanitizer.


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