An investigative team from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB)
is deploying to the scene of a massive spill into the Elk
River in Charleston, West Virginia, the board said on Monday.
The spill reportedly involved 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a
chemical used in processing coal.
According to local authorities, the leak originated from a
storage tank at Freedom Industries. The leak of unknown
quantity has left hundreds of thousands of West Virginia
residents without clean drinking water.
This incident continues to impact the people of West
Virginia," said CSB chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso. "Our goal
is to find out what happened to allow a leak of such
magnitude to occur and to ensure that the proper safeguards
are in place to prevent a similar incident from
The investigative team will be led by supervisory
investigator Johnnie Banks. The team arrived in West Virginia
on Monday morning.
The CSB is an independent US federal agency charged with
investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency's
board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by
CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical
accidents, including physical causes such as equipment
failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry
standards, and safety management systems.