Concerns After Chemical Leak at South Charleston Plant
Emergency officials have lifted a shelter in place shortly after the chemical leak at a plant in South Charleston. The leak was coming from chlorinated dry bleach storage that was housed in a chemical plant. Plant manager, Scott Johnson, stated that “some granular bleach was mistakenly left inside part of the production process and started to react by giving off heat and fumes”.
The county issued an emergency shelter in place shortly after the leak, and the shelter was in place about 40 minutes later.
The company, Clearon Corporation issued a statement after the leak at their plant in Charleston, West Virginia stated below:
At 8:25am management of Clearon Corp. was alarmed about a release of chlorine in the Clearon plant. Management then activated their plant emergency response team and notified local fire departments. An emergency shelter was situated as a precaution for the surrounding areas in South Charleston. The situation is under control and all employees were accounted for and are safe. Clearon also states that the cause of the leak is still being investigated.
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