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New information from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will be released during a public meeting on July 16.

The meeting will start at 12 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton located at 600 Kanawha Blvd. E, Charleston, WV 25301.

The board will hold the public meeting to release findings and draft safety recommendations into the 2010 fatal dust explosion that killed three workers at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland. It is also planning to provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the chemical leak at Freedom Industries on Jan. 9.

“CSB investigators will present their findings and formal safety recommendations into the 2010 accident at AL Solutions and brief the board and community on their preliminary findings into the January chemical release at Freedom Industries which impacted hundreds of thousands of residents in the Kanawha Valley," said CSB chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso.

Following the staff presentation, the Board will hear comments from the public. All staff presentations are preliminary and are intended solely to allow the Board to consider in a public forum the issues and factors involved in this case. No factual analyses, conclusions, or findings presented by staff should be considered final until approved by a vote of the board.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA.