Regulators, Eastman Chemical say no harm from chemical spill

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- Regulators and company officials say a chemical spill at the Eastman Chemical Co. plant in Kingsport caused no harm to the environment.

The spill occurred Friday when one of the company's vessels overheated. A liquid, described as a heating transfer agent, was released to relieve pressure. Employees sprayed water on the material and it washed into the Holston River, where it dissipated.

Eastman spokeswoman Betty Payne did not immediately return calls Wednesday to identify the material and the amount spilled.

But the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation tells The Kingport Times-News there was no danger to the environment.

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