Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

May 14, 2014

2 leaks at W.Va. silica plant stopped, no injuries

BERKELEY SPRINGS. — A state environmental spokeswoman says a sulfuric acid leak at a silica plant in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle has been stopped.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater says an unknown amount of sulfuric acid leaked Tuesday afternoon from the U.S. Silica plant along U.S. 522 in Morgan County.

Gillenwater said Wednesday that there also was a leak of caustic material. She didn’t know what the material was or have details about that leak.

She says both leaks were stopped shortly before midnight Tuesday.

Gillenwater says the sulfuric acid leaked as workers were transferring the substance from a 6,000-gallon tank to a smaller tank. She says both leaks were contained on the plant property.

No injuries were reported.

A call to U.S. Silica wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday morning.

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