A coal town has come under fire for its formula for making CO 2 gas, prompting a state health department to call for its immediate removal.
West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality said the formula was used to produce the gas, which is typically used to make fuel for gas-powered vehicles.
The formula was created by a company that has been operating in the state for more than a decade.
The department said it notified local officials of the formula’s use.
“We can’t accept a formula that’s been in the market for more or less than five years,” said David Bowers, the state’s top environmental health official.
“It’s an unacceptable practice.”
The formula is a popular and popular ingredient for many of West Virginia’s coal-fired power plants.
It has been in use since at least 2002, but in recent years, it has been linked to several recent outbreaks.
The West Virginia Coal Association said its members have not been exposed to the CO 2 in its formula, which has been found to be unsafe and potentially hazardous.
Bowers said the company that produces the formula, Bess Chemical Co., is a licensed importer.
The company does not make and sell the product, but officials said it has no plans to do so.
“I’m concerned about the safety of the product,” said State Senator Michael Priester, a Republican who represents the coal mining community in West Virginia.
Priester and other lawmakers called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the matter.
“It’s concerning to me because this is an important part of our communities, that our communities are benefiting from the energy of these coal plants,” Prieser said.
“That’s not just for West Virginia, that’s for the whole country.”
Prieser’s district includes West Virginia and its neighboring Appalachian mountains, which account for more of West’s coal production.
He said he is concerned that the company may be making unsafe products in the future.
“The bottom line is, we have an obligation to make sure that we’re making the product that’s safe,” Pryers said.
“If we don’t do it, we’re not doing it.”