UPDATE: W.Va. DEP confirms Chemours' account of spill

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - UPDATE: 12/15/2016 1:30 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed details of a process-water spill on Sunday at the Chemours Washington Works Plant in Wood County.

A DEP spokeswoman says about 100 gallons of process water was spilled on a paved area of the company's property.

The spokeswoman confirmed that some of the water did reach a gravel area but says company officials responded appropriately, using an industrial vacuum to quickly clean up the spill.

No groundwater was contaminated, the DEP says.

A company representative told WTAP that the water was not toxic and had a low percentage of chemicals in it.

Chemours says the water is the type used in the manufacturing process and that it goes through the company's sewage-treatment process but that it is not actual sewage.


Monday night, a viewer called WTAP, saying the Chemours Washington Works Plant leaked sewage into the Ohio River.

WTAP followed up with Chemours officials and we have what they had to say. The representative from Chemours says it was process water that spilled.

This kind of water is used in the manufacturing process, and goes through through Chemour's sewage-treatment process, but isn't actual sewage.

The company's representative went on to say the water was not toxic and had a low percentage of chemicals in it.

The company says it happened at 3:30 a.m. Sunday and the spill was vacuumed up quickly. Officials say it happened on a paved road portion of the site nowhere near the Ohio River.



 
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