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(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — The University of Charleston in West Virginia is shutting down its main campus indefinitely after this week’s chemical spill that contaminated the area’s water supply.

A statement on the school’s website says that the school will remain closed “until the issue has been resolved and the State of Emergency has been lifted.”

While it remains unclear how long it will take before the water can deemed safe, officials have said that continuing testing has shown some signs of improvement. On Wednesday, residents in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties were placed under an State of Emergency after MCHM — a chemical used to clean coal in coal processing plants — began to leak into the water supply from a 48,000 gallon tank.

Classes the University of Charleston’s campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg, online courses and campus activities will go on as scheduled.

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