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CSB Releases Factual Update on Ongoing Investigation into Midland Resource Recovery


Washington, D.C., September 22, 2017 -, Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a “Factual Investigative Update” into two fatal explosions that occurred at the Midland Resource Recovery facility in Philippi, WV.

The CSB’s update maps out several details regarding two explosions that occurred in 2017 killing a total of three workers. The document includes information on the facility’s operation, the details surrounding the incident as well as the agency’s investigative path forward.


The CSB is an independent, non-regulatory federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency's board members are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations examine all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure or inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but makes safety recommendations to companies, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Please visit our website,

For more information, contact Communications Manager Hillary Cohen at public@csb.govor by phone at 202.446.8094



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