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Eastman coming back online, 'systems are stable'

June 5th, 2014 1:24 pm by Hank Hayes, NET News Service

Eastman coming back online, 'systems are stable'

Eastman Chemical Co. (NET News Service photo)

KINGSPORT — Eastman Chemical Co. continued a "safe and orderly restart" of its operations in Kingsport following Wednesday's unplanned failure at its power generation facility and subsequent plant shutdown, the company announced this afternoon.

"The power outage was a result of equipment failure in our power distribution system," the company said in an emailed release. "We have isolated the source and utilities are currently coming back online. All safety and environmental systems are stable with no reported injuries, incidents or issues."

All Eastman personnel should continue to report to work as scheduled unless otherwise notified, the company advised. The restart process was in full swing on Wednesday evening, with sounds of sirens and horns coming from the plant site and drifting into the Green Acres and Borden Mill residential areas.

The power outage caused a methanol release into the air and a wastewater discharge into the Holston River, according to Eastman.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News are following the Eastman situation.

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