CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State taxpayer-funded researchers say a West Virginia water plant could still contain traces of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply but that the water is safe to consume.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) State taxpayer-funded researchers say a West Virginia water plant could still contain traces of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply but that the water is safe to consume.

In a news release Tuesday, the independent WV TAP team says it found low chemical levels last week in one of the first homes in West Virginia American Water's distribution. The chemical from the Jan. 9 spill wasn't detectable in the river upstream or at the water plant's intake.

The chemical, crude MCHM, was at least 1,000 times lower than federal officials say is safe to consume in water.

Spokeswoman Laura Jordan says the water company will release follow-up test results Tuesday.

The results are from taps in 10 homes.