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Panel to Discuss West Virginia Explosion, Spill

Chemical Safety Board

The federal Chemical Safety Board is coming to Charleston to release findings about a New Cumberland metal recycling plant explosion that killed three workers in December 2010.

At the July 16 meeting, the board will also update the public on its investigation of a January chemical spill. The Freedom Industries tank leak contaminated drinking for 300,000 people for days.

In March, metal recycler AL Solutions in New Cumberland settled to pay a $100,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a $97,000 penalty to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The settlement requires Al Solutions to process or dispose of 2.4 million pounds of titanium and zirconium stored at New Cumberland and Weirton facilities by December. Al Solutions also must implement safety procedures for the New Cumberland plant.