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Web Date: July 18, 2014

Investigators Say West Virginia Chemical Spill Was Preventable

Storage Tanks: Chemical Safety Board cites corrosion, lack of inspections, as cause of massive leak
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Chemical Safety Board, West Virginia, spill, MCHM leak, MCHM

Holes and pits in a chemical storage tank filled with 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and propylene glycol phenyl ethers (PPh) helped cause the massive leak in January that contaminated drinking water supplies for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, federal investigators say.

In preliminary findings on the accident at Freedom Industries’ facility in Charleston, officials with the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) say they . . .

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