Eastman officials say they’ve made changes after October 2017’s explosions

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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Officials at Eastman said they were pleased with the outcome of that  Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) report. 

Eastman officials said during a news conference, Tuesday afternoon, that they worked closely with the agency throughout the investigation into what caused last year’s explosions Eastman Chemical Company.

After six months of investigation, TDEC ruled the incident a “malfunction” in the chemical company’s coal gasification plant — therefore, not recommending any fines or penalties for excess emissions related to the explosions.

The agency’s final report determined Eastman was not at fault and could not have prevented the explosions. The seven-page memo blamed blockage of a 30-year-old valve as the most likely cause. 

But the bigger story coming out of Tuesday’s press conference is that Eastman is recognizing there were things they could have done better on that day in October last year. 

News Channel 11’s Elizabeth Kuebel will talk about what the company says they’ve learned and the changes they’ve made on News Channel 11 at 6:00 p.m.  http://www.wjhl.com/live

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