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Officials: MSDS not accurate at IEI warehouse

From left, Dr. Paul Nony of CTEH, Lawrence Messina of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and Rusty Joins of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection at a press conference this morning at the Black Annex.

PARKERSBURG — Officials say material safety data sheets for the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue, the former Ames shovel plant, are likely out of date and do not give an accurate view of what was stored in the building at the time of the fire.

The IEI warehouse caught fire about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Plastics were stored in the building, but officials still do not have a detailed account of items which may have been destroyed in the fire.

During a press briefing this morning, Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said the documents, also known as MSDS, have not been released because officials fear the information is inaccurate.

Messina said officials believe paperwork which would have given a more accurate account of what was stored in the building likely was lost in the fire. Messina said officials are in contact with the owner of IEI and working to assess the contents of the building.

Air quality monitoring is being done at 20 locations around the plant site and officials hope to post results online today.

For more information, read Thursday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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