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I-Team: Unexpected Twist in Haz Mat Investigation

DALLAS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  An I-Team Exclusive...

   It deals with that chemical Haz Mat leak last month at Offset Paperback in Dallas Township.  One hundred employees were evacuated and 19 needed medical attention.

 An unexpected twist in the investigation as we learned law enforcement is now involved.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story

 

Police Chief Doug Higgins of the Dallas Township Police Department told the I-Team that it is rare for law enforcement to get involved in a Haz Mat Incident and a surprise to many people who work at Offset Paperback manufacturing.

 Rumors have been circulating for weeks now that the chemical leak at the factory on February 27th may not have been an accident. Somehow a chemical used in the book manufacturing process got into the cooling system.

 

    “Last week that had called for us for assistance in an investigation of a chemical leak that happened back in February. Obviously, we obliged and said we'll give you a hand with the investigation." Said Chief Higgins

 

 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. A spokesman for OSHA says that probe is ongoing.

 

   "We are waiting for OSHA to get back to us with a report then we will continue it from that." Said Chief Higgins

 

 A company spokesperson would not comment or deny that the company contacted the police and issued this statement to the I-Team  

 

“The company had a plant incident on February 27 involving an emergency response to a hazmat situation. The immediate issues associated with the event have been resolved and a full investigation was initiated and is ongoing." source: Andy Check, Human Resources Director  

 

 Chief Higgins asks "On that day if anybody has any information or knowledge of what happened we recommend that contact the Dallas Township Police."

 

The investigation is on-going.


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