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Feb 12, 2015

14:37:14 GMT--HAZMAT - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: HZ-20150212-46981-USA

Date / time: 12/02/2015 14:34:21 [UTC]


Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of West Virginia

Location: Belle [DuPont plant]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


West Virginia environmental workers responded to a formaldehyde leak at a chemical plant in Belle. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelly Gillenwater says a team was dispatched to monitor the area around the DuPont plant after Wednesday's incident. The leak occurred when DuPont employees turned on a piece of equipment that had been shut down for maintenance. The equipment malfunctioned, causing the formaldehyde to vaporize as it was released at a pump. DuPont workers used a water spray to contain the leak. About 10 pounds of the chemical was released. DuPont spokeswoman Robin Ollis Stemple says no one was injured or exposed to the chemical. She says employees briefly sheltered in place as a precaution.

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