UPDATE: GlaxoSmithKline Plant says methane leak posed no threat

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline's statement following a methane leak that caused employees to evacuate in Aiken:

This morning the GSK Consumer Healthcare Manufacturing site in Aiken South Carolina shut down operations. This decision was taken due to the presence of elevated methane levels detected in the sewer system at the site.

Employees inside the plant were evacuated immediately and other areas of the site have been cleared for safety and security purposes. We have communicated to employees that they are not expected to return to work until we have fully addressed this issue. Managers have been in contact with their teams and all employees are encouraged to check in with the site before leaving for work.

No safety risk was posed to the surrounding community.

We have worked with all the key authorities to investigate the issue and a small maintenance crew, escorted by the fire department, remains at the site. We continue to work with all the appropriate local authorities to ensure that this incident is managed safely, effectively and minimum disruption to the local community and our employees.

The site employs around 200 people and manufactures Nicotene Lozenges, Panadol, Alli, Ecotrin, Beano, Sominex, Phazyme, Vivarin, Tagamet, Feosol, Contac, Nytol.


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Aiken, SC -- Officials say employees are evacuating the GlaxoSmithKline plant after a methane leak this morning.

They say they do have the leak contained to one section of the plant. The GlaxoSmithKline plant is on Windham Blvd, next to the airport.

Three departments are in a staging phase. Officials say they have to check all sewer lines in the area to see if the methane has gotten into them.

Stay with News 12 on this developing story.

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