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MCHM Discharged From 3 of 25 Prep Plants

Reported: May. 19, 2014 6:05 PM EDT
Updated: May. 19, 2014 6:14 PM EDT
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Charleston, W.Va. (Bob Aaron)--State officials say following the Jan. 9 chemical spill of MCHM into the Elk River, the state Division of Mining and Reclamation began reviewing the records of the approximately 90 coal preparation facilities in the state in an effort to determine which operations were using MCHM in their coal-cleaning process. Based on that review, as well as site inspections, 25 facilities were found to be using MCHM. Sampling of wastewater associated with each prep plant was conducted at all of those facilities in January and February and test results showed non-detect levels of MCHM at the outfalls of all but three of the facilities – Marfork Coal in Boone County, Wolfrun Mining in Barbour County and Delbarton Mining in Mingo County. Trace amounts of MCHM were detected at those three facilities.
But further testing showed no trace of MCHM downstream.



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