Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 10, 2014

OSHA officials also investigating W.Va. chemical spill

CHARLESTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a chemical spill in Charleston to assess potential worker health and safety issues.

The agency says it began inspecting Freedom Industries’ facility on Friday.

A chemical used in the coal preparation process leaked from a tank at the facility into the Elk River on Thursday.

OSHA says in a news release that it doesn’t have a history with Freedom.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered West Virginia American Water customers in nine counties to not use tap water for drinking, bathing, cooking or washing clothes.

OSHA says its sanitation standard requires employers to ensure workers have potable water for drinking. Employers also must ensure that workers have water for hand washing and showering when necessary.

 

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