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CSB to investigate Charleston chemical spill

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has sent an investigative team to look into a Jan. 9 chemical leak from Freedom Industries.

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"This incident continues to impact the people of West Virginia," said CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso. "Our goal is to find out what happened to allow a leak of such magnitude to occur and to ensure that the proper safeguards are in place to prevent a similar incident from occurring."

The team is schedule to arrive in West Virginia Jan. 13.

The CSB is charged with investigating industrial chemical incidents. Its board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Its investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure, as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards and safety management systems.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said he is pleased the CSB quickly responded to his request for a formal investigation.

"I learned this afternoon that a team from the agency will arrive on Monday to help us get to the bottom of what led to this terrible incident that has disrupted the clean water supply for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians," Rockefeller said. "I remain committed to keeping those affected safe and secure, and making sure corrective actions are taken so this does not happen again."