The investigators who work for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board have concluded that the fire that erupted at EQ Industrial Services’ hazardous waste storage plant in Apex, NC most likely began in an area where chlorinated chemicals are stored. However, lack of physical evidence precludes any definitive conclusions.
The fire erupted on October 5 and quickly grew out of control, leading to explosions that lit up the sky and blanketed parts of the town in a yellow-green haze. Up to 17,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, and were not allowed to return until two days later when firefighters finally extinguished the blaze.
A federal judge recently ordered EQ to halt cleanup of the site after Apex residents sued to protect evidence. EQ officials said in a statement that it was complying with the order but that most of the work was already completed.
For more information, visit the Chemical Safety Board website www.csb.gov or EQ The Environmental Quality Company at www.eqonline.com