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Judge Blocks Restart of Bayer MIC Plant

11:16 AM MST | February 28, 2011

A federal judge has issued a restraining order temporarily prohibiting Bayer CropScience from starting its methyl isocyanate (MIC) plant at Institute, WV after local residents sued to block the restart. The facility was the site of a 2008 explosion that killed two workers and required 40,000 people living near the plant to shelter-in-place. Bayer CropScience plans to eventually discontinue production of MIC at Institute, but said recently it would run the unit over the next 18 months “to allow an orderly phase-out.” The lawsuit, filed earlier this...

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