Update: IEI, L.L.C. provides WVDEP with more documents on contents of burned warehouse

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) 11/8/2017 6:00 P.M.

The owners of the Camden Avenue warehouse that was destroyed by fire in October have submitted more information on the contents of that facility to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The first batch of documents, sent days after the fire that broke out October 21, failed to meet the DEP's compliance order.

The DEP says the newly submitted papers are currently under review.

In a statement from the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, state officials say they don't know whether the latest documents accurately represent the contents of the warehouse.

The documents are in response to an order the DEP issued October 26, for a detailed inventory of the building's contents.

On October 31, the agency said those first documents did not satisfy that order. It released those papers to the media Thursday.

The additional documents are being reviewed to determine whether they can be released as well.


10/31/2017 5:20 P.M.

Late Tuesday afternoon, state officials issued a statement saying the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has concluded records of plastics stored at a warehouse where a fire broke out October 21 do NOT satisfy the agency's order for compliance issued October 26.

They say those records will not be released publicly until they do comply.


10/31/2017 4:45 P.M.

The end of IEI Plastics recycling fire is just the beginning of a probe into the property's owners.

The company's principal owner met Monday, for the first time in person, with local and state officials.

He turned over information about the materials stored at the site to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

That's in addition to a list e-mailed Sunday to the DEP.

"DEP is reviewing both batches of documents, alongside each other, to determine if they are responsive to the compliance order," said Lawrence Messina, Director of Communications for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, "and, in particular, to the directive that IEI provide a complete inventory of the site at the time of the fire."

That followed inspections of several of IEI's area properties made late last week.

The News Center has made requests through the Freedom of Information Act for a list of the materials.


10/30/2017

In a meeting of responders and investigators Monday morning before the Wood County Commission, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice pledged the work on the IEI Plastics warehouse fire has just begun.

"We're going to continue to monitor in every way," the governor said in a conference call. "We'll monitor every aspect, whether it be the site, or be it the air or the water."

Earl Beckett visited another IEI site, the former Atlas Steel plant, also used as a warehouse last summer.

Beckett says he saw what county and state Department of Environmental Protection inspectors saw when they visited company facilities last week.

"I noticed there were rows and rows of these plastic containers," the Wood County resident recalled. "I asked the guy working for Atlas, 'what's in here?'. He said it was chlorine, for swimming pools."

The fire is out, and the investigation of the cause and the owner is under way.

"Looking at his current operations, I would say he is under a bigger microscope than he (has been) in his entire business career," said Commission President Blair Couch.

And firefighters are now looking back, while looking ahead.

"We're making a list of things we can do differently on the next one," said Lubeck Fire Chief Mark Stewart. "Each fire is different, you never have a perfect scene."



 
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