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Another Spill in West Virginia

February 11, 2014

Matt Murphy, Charleston Daily Mail

Feb. 11--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is investigating a coal slurry spill in the Winifrede area of eastern Kanawha County.

According to a DEP news release, an unknown quantity of coal slurry spilled from the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant and into Fields Creek sometime between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The slurry contains a frothing chemical, Flomin 110-C, which contains MCHM.

Workers at the plant shut down slurry pumps when the leak was discovered and the spill was reported to the DEP at 7:30 a.m.

The DEP said containment measures are in place along Fields Creek and department workers are sampling water in several locations along that waterway. The samples will be taken to the ALS laboratory in South Charleston for analysis.

Fields Creek feeds into the Kanawha River just south of Chesapeake.

No public water intakes are located downstream from the spill site. The West Virginia American Water plant in Charleston is on the Elk River upstream from the Kanawha River, and the St. Albans treatment plant is on the Coal River.

The DEP release said, "enforcement action against the company is pending."

West Virginia American Water spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the spill is not anticipated to have an effect on the treatment plant. She said the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has also anticipated no effect on the plant.

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Original headline: DEP investigating coal slurry spill in eastern Kanawha County

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