CDC: 2nd chemical from tank spilled in W.Va. river

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Freedom Industries President Gary Southern leaves the company’s bankruptcy hearing in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Southern testified about the company following the chemical spill into the Elk River. The company reached a bankruptcy court deal Tuesday for up to $4 million in credit from a lender to help continue operations, a company attorney said. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Craig Cunningham)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal agency says a second, likely less toxic chemical also was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a storage tank that leaked a coal-cleaning chemical also contained a mixture of polyglycol ethers, or PPH.

Information on PPH's toxicity is limited, but the CDC's statement says it appears to be lower than that of the primary chemical leaked in the Jan. 9 Elk River spill at a Freedom Industries facility in Charleston.

The CDC says PPH made up about 5 percent of the tank's volume. The chemical entered the water, and though the system hasn't been tested for it, current levels probably are low.

The state Public Health Bureau released the CDC statement. The agency says it received the statement Tuesday night.

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