CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The National Academy of Sciences has scheduled a public meeting in the Kanawha Valley this weekend to discuss a recent study that found chemical plants can do more to reduce the potential for toxic disasters.
Several authors of the May report are expected to attend to present their findings and take questions from the audience.
The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in room 135 of the Wilson Student Union at West Virginia State University in Institute.
The academy's panel of experts reported that chemical plants such as the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute should take more steps to reduce the potential for toxic accidents that could harm workers and plant neighbors.
But the report also said industry officials need more guidance from regulatory agencies or the U.S. Chemical Safety Board about how to analyze what materials and manufacturing processes would best cut back on risks.
Congress mandated the study three years ago, in response to public and political pressure following an August 2008 explosion and fire that killed two workers at Bayer's Institute plant.
CSB investigators found that incident occurred dangerously close to a tank where Bayer stored methyl isocyanate, or MIC, the chemical responsible for thousands of deaths in a 1984 leak at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India.