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No Violation Issued for MCHM Spill in Marmet

By: Jeremy Edwards, Steffany Puckett Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Steffany Puckett Email

UPDATE 2/21/14 @ 1:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More information has been released about a small leak of the chemical MCHM at a chemical facility in Marmet.

A spokesperson with the Department of Environmental Protection says they have not issued any violations against American Chemical Services and they also don't anticipate issuing any.

Less than 10 gallons of MCHM leaked Thursday night due to a valve malfunction.

The chemical was caught in a containment area.

All of the MCHM was moved out of the tank that leaked so the valve could be fixed.



UPDATE 2/20/2014 @ 7:32 p.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The spill line report, just released to WSAZ.com from the Department of Environmental Protection sheds more light on the latest MCHM spill in the region.

According to the report less than ten gallons of MCHM spilled into a contained area in a dike wall on Thursday afternoon at American Chemical Services in Marmet.

According to the DEP the MCHM did not leak into the water.

C.W. Sigman, the Emergency Management Director for Kanawha County tells WSAZ.com that the spill does not appear to be affecting the public.

People living in Marmet noticed the licorice-like smell in the air and called 911 to report the smell.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/20/14 @ 6:37 p.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A small amount of MCHM has leaked at a chemical facility in Marmet.

C.W. Sigman with Kanawha County Emergency Management says five to 10 gallons of MCHM spilled at American Chemical Services.

A worker at the facility tells WSAZ.com the leak happened because of a valve malfunction.

The worker says the chemical was caught in a containment area. Sigman says the spill does not appear to be impacting any water and he doesn't believe there is a threat to the public.

The worker says he believes the chemical leaked for about 30 minutes.

A vacuum truck is being used to clean up the chemical.

The Department of Environmental Protection is on the scene.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on the webchannel WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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