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Hazardous Materials Flow Study To Begin

Knowing exactly what hazardous materials are being transported through a community is the key to forming a safety plan in the event of a spill or leak. The Buckhannon, W.Va. firm of R.D. Zande & Associates will conduct a study of hazardous materials commodity flow in Marshall and Wetzel counties today through Friday. The purpose of the study, the first phase two-part project funded by the Marshall-Wetzel Local Emergency Planning Committee, is to collect data including the identifications of what hazardous commodities are being transported through the counties at various time intervals. These findings will be used to develop a new hazardous materials response plan. “The hazardous materials (response) plan was last updated in 1999,” said Marshall County Office of Emergency Services Director, Thomas D. Hart. “That was also the last time a commodity flow study was conducted for both counties. According to a news release from the Marshall County OES, all transportation and transmission systems capable of carrying hazardous materials will be analyzed. Highways, railways, waterways and pipelines are some examples. Full Story

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