And a host of questions remains for the board to answer in its final report:
Exactly what monitoring devices did Bayer have in place and operational at the time of the 2008 explosion, and what sort of improvements in the monitoring system are needed?
Was a steel "blast blanket" installed around the MIC tank located near the explosion strong enough to protect the tank if a large piece of debris had hit it?
What chemicals were released into the air, and possibly into nearby residential areas, by the explosion and the resulting fire?
What did board-contracted computer modeling show about the potential public health impacts of a release of MIC that could have resulted from the 2008 incident?
During long fire that night, what temperatures and pressures were reached in the MIC tank, and how close did they come to reaching a dangerous level?
Are more changes needed in the Kanawha Valley's emergency response plans and procedures to ensure better communication that what occurred the night of the explosion?
Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kw...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1702.