Panel Head: West Virginia Explosion Probe will Take Months

September 3, 2008

The head of a federal board investigating a deadly Bayer Crop Science plant explosion in Institute, West Virginia says the probe will take at least six months.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman John Bresland said at an Aug. 31 news conference the investigation will begin with a tank at the center of the blast and what the vessel contained. Bresland says the investigation could last a year.

A five-member team from the board is expected to be in Institute until Sept. 5, then return as needed. The agency is charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.

The explosion late on Aug. 28 occurred in a section of the plant where waste products are treated before disposal.

One worker was killed and another suffered burns.

Information from: WCHS-TV,

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