Chemical fire at MWV plant contained

Staff Report
Published Oct. 22, 2013

A chemical leak started a fire Monday at the MWV Specialty Chemicals plant in North Charleston, but it has since been fully contained.

A leak occurred during routine maintenance at the refinery, causing a fire at 5:45 p.m. It was fully contained by 6 p.m.

The facility was evacuated and shut down. No one was injured in the incident, and there was no impact to the environment, according to a company statement. The situation was under control by 11 p.m., and employees began returning to work.

“MWV thanks the rapid response of the North Charleston Fire Department,” according to a company statement.

MWV Specialty Chemicals, a division of MeadWestvaco Corp., heralded its expansion earlier this month with a new technology center near its existing headquarters in North Charleston.

A $9.3 million investment will fund the center to expand its capabilities in automotive emissions control and sustainable chemicals in the oilfield, road construction and adhesives global markets. The center is expected to begin operations in early 2015.

“The new facility will enrich our technical innovation capabilities, positioning our division to serve important global growth businesses in rapidly changing and competitive markets,” MWV Specialty Chemicals President Ed Rose said in a news release.

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