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Public Meeting Scheduled This Afternoon To Provide Update On Chemical Spill Investigation

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron
Reported: Jul. 16, 2014 10:38 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The Chemical Safety and Hazard and Investigation Board is scheduled to provide an update at a public meeting in Charleston this afternoon regarding its investigation into the Freedom Industries chemical spill that contaminated the local water supply.

The meeting begins at noon Wednesday in the ballroom of the Four Points Sheraton at 600 Kanawha Blvd. E., according to a news release from the board.

Board members said the meeting is intended to provide members of the public with information into how this incident occurred and how similar future incidents can be prevented or mitigated.

Following the staff presentation, the board will hear comments from the public.

All staff presentations are preliminary and are intended solely to allow the board to consider in a public forum the issues and factors involved in this case. No factual analyses, conclusions, or findings presented by staff should be considered final until approved by a vote of the board.

Also at the public meeting, the board will hear findings and recommendations from the CSB's investigation team into the Dec. 9, 2010, explosion and fire that occurred at AL Solutions located in New Cumberland, W.Va. An explosion ripped through the New Cumberland AL Solutions titanium plant, fatally injuring three workers. The workers were processing titanium powder, which is highly combustible, at the time of the explosion.



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