CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A leaky valve triggered an emergency alarm at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute on Tuesday morning.
Kanawha County Fire Coordinator C.W. Sigman, who was at the plant, said that crews were scrubbing out a tank that contained sulfur dichloride residue when the residue apparently reacted with water and caused a safety valve to vent.
The alarm started going off about 7:45 a.m.
Sigman said a small amount of hydrochloric acid and water vapor was released. He said there was no danger to the public.
"Twenty years ago this would have been a non-event," Sigman said. "They wouldn't even have had to tell us about it."