Rockefeller Urges Release Of Plant Blast Details

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller is weighing in on a dispute between Bayer Cropscience and the National Chemical Safety Hazard Investigation board.

The chemical company is invoking a federal law to limit the amount of information the board can release at a public hearing later this month.

The board plans to release information on its investigation into last August's explosion at a Bayer Cropscience plant in the Kanawha Valley.

The explosion resulted in the deaths of two workers.

Bayer says details about the plant should be kept out of the report as a matter of national security under the Maritime Transportation Safety Act.

Rockefeller says he's concerned Bayer's reliance on the act could harm future investigations and curb the public's right to know.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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