Safety regulator fines Eastman following Oct. 2017 explosions

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – News Channel 11 has obtained state documents that reveal Eastman was fined $2,400 by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

This stems from their investigation following explosions at the Kingsport plant on October 4, 2017.

The fine was issued April 2, 2018, and state documents reveal the fine must be paid by Wednesday, May 2.

TOSHA investigators cited four "serious" violations in their investigation — but only fined Eastman for one of them.

Those violations included not performing inspections and tests on process equipment.

An Eastman Chemical Company spokesperson told News Channel 11: "Eastman representatives are currently reviewing the proposed citations and are working with TOSHA on the final outcome."

Earlier this month, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation closed its investigation into the October 4 blasts. TDEC determined Eastman was not at fault and could not have prevented the explosions, ruling the incident a "malfunction" in the chemical company’s coal gasification plant.

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