Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 30, 2012

DEQ: Chemical spill not a threat to New River

NARROWS, Va. — The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says a small chemical spill at the Celanese plant in Giles County doesn’t appear to be a threat to the New River.

The Roanoke Times reports that the nonhazardous spill occurred on Thursday night.

DEQ has not received any reports that the material leaked into the nearby New River and no damage to wildlife has been observed.

Linda Beheler, a Dallas-based spokeswoman for Celanese, said Friday that fewer than 5 gallons of fire suppression foam leaked into the plant’s rainwater drainage system during a routine safety test.

The foam is considered nonhazardous.

She says the company’s internal hazardous materials cleanup team responded immediately to contain the spill, which occurred outside the plant buildings.


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