Army Corp of Engineers DENIES Conducting Water Tests; WV American Water Now Says National Guard Were Present

Updated 6 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

Both the Louisville Courier Journal and press releases from West Virginia American Water have stated that the US Army Corps of Engineers have conducted testing of the Ohio River water.

The Corps does have the capability to test, but their public affairs officer told HNN, they have not been asked. Their involvement has been only in an advisory capacity.

Brian Maka,public affairs officer Huntington District,  sent an email to HNN at 8:38 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 stating:

I'm not sure how it got started, but the US Army Corps of Engineers has not been involved in the water testing with regard to the recent chemical spill. Not sure who sent out press releases saying as much. We did have people working in the Emergency Operations Center in an advisory role and we do in fact have the capability to do water testing, our assets were never utilized. I believe that the WV DEP did the testing.

Laura Jordan, external affairs manager of West Virginia American Water, has responded that the National Guard , not Corps of Engineers participated.

An email from Jordan to Tom Aluise , a spokesperson for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection stated:
"Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It should be the National Guard. I will correct this information and make sure to use the Corps response if I receive a question," Jordan said.

During the chemical in the water crisis, WV American Water had sent out released that stated:

An interagency team including the W.Va. Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia American Water and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that extensive testing produced results showing that levels of MCHM are below one part per million (1 ppm).
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