Posted: Jun 11, 2013 4:03 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
Ponchatoula officials say an error in the state's collection or testing procedures caused worries among some residents that the city's water contained levels of a chemical far in excess of that considered acceptable by environmental officials.
The chemical is commonly known by the initials DEHP. And the report said levels were more than seven times the safe maximum set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The city's water and sewer superintendent provided the newspaper with documentation from tests which showed the chemical was present at much lower levels.
Superintendent Dave Opdenhoff said that if the figures were really as high as initially thought, it would have triggered a full-scale state investigation.