(02/28/2009)
The Charleston Gazette has reported, "Poorly planned operating procedures, flawed emergency systems and faulty employee training at the Bayer CropScience Institute plant led to a runaway chemical reaction that killed two workers in August."

OSHA has proposed a fine of $143,000, citing Bayer for 13 serious and two repeat violations.

Plant officials were reluctant to tell Kanawha 911 about the nature of the explosion, a situation which caused severe criticism toward the company by Kanawha Valley officials and residents.

The company also gave misinformation about the explosion to officials.


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