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Update: Eastman searching for cause of power outage that shut down plant, triggered emissions discharges

June 5th, 2014 8:30 am by Hank Hayes, NET News Service

Update: Eastman searching for cause of power outage that shut down plant, triggered emissions discharges

Eastman's Richard Strang, left, fields questions from the media while J. Parker Smith looks on. (Ned Jilton II/NET News Service)

KINGSPORT — As of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Eastman Chemical Company was still assessing a power disruption that occurred at its Kingsport plant.

The company was "in the process of conducting a safe and orderly restart of operations and assessing the potential business and financial impacts of the shutdown," according to a statement from Eastman. The company said that all personnel should report to work as scheduled unless notified otherwise.

The power outage resulted in an unplanned plant shutdown and caused emissions discharges.

Eastman officials insisted during a briefing with reporters Wednesday afternoon that the outage resulted in no reported injuries and did not pose any threat to human health or the environment.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on the Eastman situation.

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