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West Virginia ‘International Union of Painters and Allied Trades' Hosts 2nd Annual Coating and Corrosion Expo

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Experts in preventing corrosion in storage tanks said the recent chemical spill in the southern part of the state could have been avoided.

The West Virginia ‘International Union of Painters and Allied Trades' held its second annual Coating and Corrosion Expo this morning in Lewis County.

The event invites engineers, inspectors and political leaders to see and experience the latest technologies available in corrosion prevention.

"We're talking about corrosion of any steel tanks, infrastructure, bridges, waste water treatment plants. We're talking about above ground storage tanks, underground piping, many things like that and we're talking about coatings, we're talking about specialty coatings for any type of those applications," said Brian Stanley, Director of Marketing.

Stanley said corrosion costs the United States $276 billion a year.