Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | August 28, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says Bayer CropScience will spend $25 million in safety upgrades at its plant at Institute, West Virginia.

Bayer CropScience will invest $25 million in operational safety upgrades at its Institute, W.Va. site. As part of these plans, the company will reduce methyl isocyanate (MIC) storage by 80 percent. This reduction will lead to the elimination of the transfer, use and storage of MIC at the site’s West Carbamoylation Center within approximately one year.

After completion of these measures, there will be no MIC storage above ground anywhere on the site.  MIC was not involved in the explosion at the Institute site in August last year.

The Bayer CropScience Institute site is a manufacturing industrial park located near Charleston, W. Va. Among the companies with operating facilities at the site are Bayer CropScience, The Dow Chemical Company, FMC, and Praxair. These companies manufacture active ingredients for agricultural, industrial, personal care and other products.

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