By October 25, 2017 Read More →

Officials: MSDS not accurate at IEI warehouse

Staff reports

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Officials say a material safety data sheet for the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue, the former Ames shovel plant, is likely out of date and does not give an accurate view of what was stored in the building at the time of the fire.

From left, Dr. Paul Nony of CTEH, Lawrence Messina of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and Rusty Joins of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection at a press conference this morning at the Black Annex.
(News and Sentinel photo)

The IEI warehouse caught fire about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Plastics were stored in the building, but officials still do not have a detailed account of items which may have been destroyed in the fire.

During a press briefing this morning, Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said the document, also known as an MSDS, has not been released because officials fear the information is inaccurate.

Messina said officials believe paperwork which would have given a more accurate account of what was stored in the building likely was lost in the fire. Messina said officials are in contact with the owner of IEI and working to assess the contents of the building.

Air quality monitoring is being done at 20 locations around the plant site and officials hope to post results online today.

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