UPDATE: W.Va. AG seeking outside counsel to help with potential IEI fire-related cases

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 01/24/18 5:30 P.M.

As the cleanup and investigation of the October fire at the IEI plastics warehouse continue, the West Virginia Attorney General's Office says it needs outside help to handle potential claims.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says it's seeking bids from counsel to provide "legal assistance to investigate and potentially pursue claims on behalf of one or more state entities to recover damages and expenses" related to the fire.

The blaze on Camden Avenue just outside the Parkersburg city limits took crews from dozens of fire departments nine days to fully extinguish.

At least four lawsuits have been filed since the fire.

In addition, state officials have already reimbursed Wood County $1.4 million that was spent on fighting the fire and carrying out environmental testing in its aftermath.

Update: 12/6/2017 3:00 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says not meeting the timeline would be a violation of the order, which could be met with a penalty of up to $25,000 per day. WVDEP says it will be in close contact with IEI to ensure that the work is proceeding according to the timeline detailed in the plan of corrective action.

UPDATE: 12/04/2017, 5:00 P.M.

West Virginia officials have approved a plan by the owner of IEI, Inc. to clean the site of its plastic storage and recycling warehouse on Camden Avenue in Parkersburg, which was destroyed in a 9-day fire in October.

A document released Monday by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection outlines the Corrective Action Plan that it has approved for the Intercontinental Export-Import, Inc.

The plan was created by the Longwood, Florida-based firm Gator Engineering and Aquifer Restoration, Inc., on behalf of Columbia, Maryland-based Intercontinental Export Import, Inc.

IEI, Inc. stores and recycles a variety of plastics, polymers and other materials at several facilities in the U.S., including its Parkersburg facility, which was formerly a tool manufacturing plant owned and operated by another company.

In summary, the Corrective Action Plan requires all debris to be cleared from the site and properly disposed of within 27 weeks, based on the following estimates:

Approximately 40,000 tons of burnt material and 1,000 tons of steel will need to be removed from the site.

The average load capacity of the dump trucks to be used in this cleanup is 15 tons per truck.

The dump trucks can make an estimated 20 trips each day to the Northwest Landfill.

The excavation, transport and disposal activities take place 6 days per week.

You can read the WV DEP's full Corrective Action Plan document under the "IEI Fire Site Corrective Action Plan" document under the "Related Documents" section in this article.

ORIGINAL STORY: 11/16/2017, 12:35 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has released an updated inventory of the chemicals and substances in the IEI, Inc. warehouse that was destroyed in last month's fire.

The updated inventory, which has been shared with Wood County Incident Command and other Wood County officials, was provided by Intercontinental Export Import (IEI) in response to an order issued by WVDEP.

The 69 safety data sheets, a map of the warehouse, and additional information totaling 551 pages of inventory details provided by IEI can be viewed and downloaded in the .PDF documents under the "Related Documents" section of this story.

IEI has also provided WVDEP a proposed Plan of Corrective Action (POCA), which is currently being reviewed by the agency’s Environmental Enforcement section.

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