W.A.R.N. used at WV State University after Bayer Plant Explosion

  • September 24th, 2010 — CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bayer CropScience will pay nearly $460,000 to resolve a variety of chemical storage and air pollution violations cited by state inspectors at its Institute plant over the last three years. The Institute plant has been controversial because of its use and storage of large amounts of MIC, the chemical that leaked and killed thousands of people near a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, in 1984. The facility has been under increased scrutiny since an August 2008 explosion that killed two workers and prompted federal investigators to warn of a near-miss disaster for the surrounding community. Nearby West Virginia State University used the W.A.R.N. (Wide Area Rapid Notification) system at the time, and continues to use W.A.R.N. regularly, as part of its rapid communication and emergency management and response programs.