On May 29th, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a Consent Order, including a total of $72,245 fines, to the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant, following the spill earlier this year. Below are the Consent Order and the press release:
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection released a statement saying that MCHM was at non-detect levels, or lower than 5 parts per billion(ppb), at five locations: three on Field’s Creek and two on the Kanawha River. These tests were conducted after 108,000 gallons of coal slurry spilled in Field’s Creek from Patriot’s Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant on Tuesday, February 11.
To read the full statement, click here.
On Wednesday, February 12th, the day after Patriot’s coal slurry spill into Field’s Creek, the Appalachian Water Watch team came across a series of large plastic containers holding a liquid chemical. These containers all held a liquid chemical called EnviroFloc CF-1. This flocculent was being slowly released into the creek at several different points. We found the Material Safety Data Sheet online and are posting it here.