Chemical Fire Displaces Thousands ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chemical Fire Displaces Thousands

Thousands of people may be eligible for compensation after being forced to abandon their homes following a massive chemical fire in Apex, North Carolina. The explosion happened on Thursday (12OCT06) at the EQ Industrial Services plant, sparking off fires and further explosions. EQ Industrial Services, who handle a variety of industrial waste as well as chemicals such as chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, sulfur and fertilizer, were fined $32,000 by the state Department of Natural Resources in March (06) for violations such as failing to "maintain and operate the facility to minimize the possibility of a sudden or non-sudden release of hazardous waste ... which could threaten human health or the environment." There have been no deaths so far, but 25 workers were taken to the emergency room and dozens more are suffering from respirator distress and pulmonary problems.

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