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MCHM leak reported at American Chemical Services in Marmet, WV

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Photo Courtesy:  Jessie Shafer, 13 News Reporter Photo Courtesy: Jessie Shafer, 13 News Reporter

UPDATE:

According to WVDEP's spill line report, American Chemical Services reported less than 10 gallons of MCHM spilled, and that it was contained in the dike area, and is being cleaned up by a cleaning company. 

According to the spill line report, the leak was called at around 5 p.m. Thursday, and that odor complaints were reported earlier in the afternoon.  WVDEP went to American Chemical Services, but they did not issue an odor violation.

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UPDATE:

According to Ron Baker, Operations Manager with American Chemical Services, a valve leaked on an MCHM tank inside a contained area.  The leak was contained to a small area.

Baker says they are waiting on a clean up crew to use absorbent to clean the leak.

According to Baker, five gallons out of 13,000 gallons leaked.  The reason it was noticed is because people at the plant smelled it.

Baker says this is completely unrelated to the Freedom Industries storage, and that Calcium Chloride and Glycerine, which are all freeze controlled products, are also stored at the plant.

Baker also says that the WVDEP spill hotline was called within 15 minutes of the leak being reported, and that MCHM is in two of 14 carbon steel tanks at the plant.  The problem with the valve was internal, and could not have been caught by inspection.

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ORIGINAL:

An MCHM leak was reported at American Chemical Services in Marmet, WV.

According to a representative at the plant, at around 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, a valve containing approximately five gallons of MCHM leaked into a contained area inside the plant.

A cleanup company has been dispatched, and the plant is waiting on them to arrive to clean up the absorbent that was put down to keep the MCHM contained.

The plant's representative says that this poses no danger outside of the plant.

According to C.W. Sigman, Deputy Director of Kanawha County Emergency Management, the fire chief with the Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department, P.J. Johnson, went to the scene to check it out and he verifies that it was five gallons of MCHM that leaked into a contained area.

According to crews at the scene, this MCHM leak has nothing to do with the water crisis, and that MCHM was being stored there for normal purposes.

We have a crew on the scene.

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