Friday, October 06, 2006

They'll be deeply sorry

State had warned hazardous waste company about potential disaster

By MIKE BAKER : Associated Press Writer
Oct 6, 2006 : 8:51 am ET

RALEIGH, N.C. -- State environmental officials warned of a potential disaster six month ago at the hazardous waste materials facility in Apex that exploded into flames and continued to burn Friday.

EQ Industrial Services Inc. failed 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," the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources found when issuing a $32,000 fine in March for six violations.

The fine, detailed on the department's Web site, was almost twice as much as any other assessed against a hazardous waste facility this year in North Carolina.

But a spokesman for EQ Industrial Services, which has more than 50 years of experience in the business, cautioned the violations may not have had anything to do with the fire that started late Thursday.

"That could range from anything -- like a spill of materials that could get in a storm drain," said Robert Doyle from the company's headquarters in Detroit. "It could be completely unrelated to something like a fire or explosion."

the whole story at the Herald Sun


Blogger Ronni said...

Talk about a cavalier attitude! And what's all this "could be?"

Seems as if these people are trying to say that their left hand knows not what their right hand is doing.

I hope they're not going to get away with that!

9:32 AM  

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