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Several West Virginia officials are stepping up to ask for long-term health studies be done on the effects of crude MCHM and PPH.

On Feb. 18, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced, along with Secretary Karen Bowling of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, he sent a letter to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking for immediate consideration of further long-term studies in wake of the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill.

The letter calls on the CDC to conduct more epidemiological and/or toxicological studies into the chemicals that spilled into the Elk River.

"I am committed to the health and well-being of West Virginians and believe there is a pressing need to further study the potential health effects resulting from exposure to water contaminated with crude MCHM and PPH," Tomblin said in a release. "It is critical this study is funded and that work begins immediately."