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W.Va. coal prep plant spills slurry into creek

February 11, 2014 - Ben Klein
WINIFREDE, W.Va. (AP) — State regulators are investigating a coal slurry spill at a preparation plant in eastern Kanawha County.

Department of Environmental spokesman Tom Aluise says an unknown amount of coal slurry spilled into Fields Creek early Tuesday morning when a slurry line ruptured at the Kanawha Eagle Prep plant near Winifrede.

Aluise says the company told DEP that the plant uses a frothing chemical called Flomin 110-C that contains the chemical MCHM.

A Jan. 9 spill of MCHM from a Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River in Charleston tainted the water supply for 300,000 residents.

Aluise says there aren't any public water intakes immediately downstream from the preparation plant.

West Virginia American Water says it doesn't expect the slurry spill to affect its treatment plant on the Elk River.

 
 

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