Fishy Smell Lingers in Charleston

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A fire at a DuPont chemical plant left a fishy odor throughout the Kanawha Valley. Tom Montgomery manages the unit where the fire occurred Saturday evening.

He says the fire started after a pipe flange failed, releasing an undetermined amount of trimethylamine into the atmosphere. The chemical is used to produce poultry feed supplements.

The plant is located in Belle and the chemical has a fish odor that could be smelled in Charleston about eleven miles away. Montgomery says the release was not in a concentration high enough to cause harmful effects to residents downwind from the plant. In high concentrations the chemical can cause irritation to eyes and respiratory systems.

No one was injured in the fire.

Montgomery says the unit were the fire occurred was shut down and will remain off line until an investigation is finished.

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