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Haz Waste Almost Gone From Apex Fire Site

Posted January 12, 2007

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— The final debris from a hazardous waste fire three months ago at the Environmental Quality Industrial Services facility in Apex should be removed by next week, officials said Friday.

A fire at the plant on Oct. 5 sent a plume of smoke over much of the town, and local officials called for about 17,000 residents to evacuate in case the smoke contained toxic gases.

The residents were allowed to return a day later, and subsequent state testing has turned up no evidence of any short- or long-term health threats.

EQ has been hauling containers of hazardous waste away from the site in recent weeks, and Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly said all of the waste should be off the site by next week.

Apex officials hope to block any attempt by EQ to rebuild the site, and state officials are considering tighter regulations on other hazardous waste facilities.
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  • smullins Jan 14, 2007

    "...an otherwise lawful business" - pattison -at- usa -dot- com

    Do you work for the company by chance? If so you should know about the fines that were charged on the EQ company 6 months prior. If not, here you go:

    EQ Industrial Services Inc. was fined $32,000 for 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," by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    They knew about the crappy job they were doing storing hazardous chemicals, yet did nothing about it. As for how they've been treated, it was in the Apex Town Council's legal right not to allow them to rebuild.

  • jesus Jan 13, 2007

    Now that there has been a certain level of contamination, has anyone considered making this a hazatdous waste site for Wake county? As long as the waste is lees dangerous than the chemicals then it shouldn't matter. Just a thought.

  • kbauer99 Jan 12, 2007

    I agree, the town board and mayor are the culpable parties in this situation. Bad planning and zoning.

  • Israel J Pattison Jan 12, 2007

    I'm still waiting to hear what EQ did wrong and why they're being forced to vacate their facility. Seems that if they're innocent until proven otherwise, then EQ is the victim here in more ways than one. First, they're facility was destroyed. Subsequently, this ended their business in this part of the state. And finally they're being forced to relocate. Exactly how is justice being done for EQ in this case?

    How did the developers who built residential neighborhoods near this site ever get approval to do so? Shouldn't officials be considering tighter regulations on development that require builders and zoning boards to consider nearby industrial sites?

    Either this was a situation of "buyer beware" or there is culpability on the part of officials who allowed this situation to arise. I look forward to the day when citizens, officials and the media stop blaming an otherwise lawful business.