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Eastman spills 2,150 gallons of acetic acid into Holston River, kills fish

Staff Report • Nov 3, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — An accidental spill at Eastman Chemical Co. last week apparently killed an undetermined number of fish.

Eastman Chemical spokeswoman Wanda Valentine said the spill occurred a week ago, when 2,150 gallons of acetic acid were accidentally released from the plant into a discharge channel leading to the Holston River.

Valentine said there was no danger to human health since the material diluted quickly. However, some fish near the plant were affected. Valentine said Eastman reported the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the local emergency planning committee.

She said Eastman also notified users of the river water downstream from the plant. The company is investigating the cause of the spill.

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