Kingsport’s Domtar to perform weekly emergency alarm tests

A year after explosions at Eastman, a nearby company says it implementing a new measure to alert the public. 

Security officials at Domtar in Kingsport told News Channel 11 beginning today at noon they will be testing its new alarm system. 

The security department at Domtar says starting every Wednesday at noon they will conduct tests sounding the alarm.  

The blasts at Eastman occurred on October 4, 2018. According to the investigative report, led to the release of a small amount of extremely hazardous gases, including roughly 50 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and 335 pounds of sulfur dioxide, plus possible small leaks of methanol.

Earlier this year, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said 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.

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