UPDATE: A faulty gasket was responsible for a reported chemical spill Monday morning.
A spokesperson for Wacker Chemical Corporation said the issue was noticed around 7:20 a.m. in a distillation column/tower at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston.
William Toth, Director of Corporate Communication and Compliance for Wacker Chemical Corporation said their on-site emergency response team responded and noticed visible water vapor.
As a result, responders cleaned up the incident without the help of Bradley County EMS.
Employees were evacuated as a precaution and held outside of the facility for a short time.
Afterwards, Toth said there was no threat to those on-site or in the surrounding community.
PREVIOUS STORY: A morning chemical spill at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston is being handled internally by their teams.
#RightNow: Employees are going in/out of facility as normal. Bradley Co EMS says clean up is being dealt w/ internally. @WRCB pic.twitter.com/5YsxjSVRxZ— Tim Pham (@TimPhamWRCB) October 3, 2016
#RightNow: Employees are going in/out of facility as normal. Bradley Co EMS says clean up is being dealt w/ internally. @WRCB pic.twitter.com/5YsxjSVRxZ
Bradley County dispatchers tell Channel 3 that no backup has been called and the company has not requested any assistance from Bradley County first responders.
Dispatchers were notified about the spill 8:15am Monday morning
There's no word as to what chemicals may be involved in the leak or the extent of the leak.
Tracey Moses, 46, has not been seen or heard from since last Saturday.
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