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Water company responds to formaldehyde reports

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CHARLESTON (WVVA) - West Virginia American Water has issued a statement in response to media reports that customers affected by the recent chemical spill may be breathing in formaldehyde.

In the statement, the company says it believes it is "misleading and irresponsible to voice opinions on potential health impacts to residents ... without all of the facts."

An Associated Press report on Wednesday quoted Environmental Quality Board official Scott Simonton in saying that the chemical MCHM that spilled into the water supply can break down into formaldehyde.

Following is the full statement from West Virginia American Water:

"We believe it is misleading and irresponsible to voice opinions on potential health impacts to residents of this community without all of the facts. Procedures for water analysis are carefully prescribed, outlined and certified. West Virginia American Water will continue working with governmental health and environmental professionals and, in conjunction with these professionals, we and public health agencies will make public any reliable, scientifically sound information relating to risks to public health, if any. As a regulated water utility, West Virginia American Water adheres to industry best practices and is in compliance with all federal and state regulations and guidelines."

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