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EQ Reimburses Apex for Chemical Fire Costs

Posted September 10, 2007

Nearly a year after an explosion at a hazardous-waste handling facility in Apex, the town of Apex received a check for $201,518 for expenses related to the response and recovery of an explosion nearly a year ago at a hazardous-waste handling facility.

The Oct. 5, 2006, explosion at the Environmental Quality Industrial Services plant in Apex created a fire that burned for almost a day and forced an estimated 17,000 residents in the surrounding area from their homes because of the potential for toxic fumes in smoke from the fire.

EQ's reimbursement included the cost of the efforts put forth by various Apex departments and other organizations for overtime expenses related to the evacuation and for cleaning the site, Town Manager Bruce Radford said in a news release.

Firefighters delayed fighting the fire because they did not know what chemicals might be involved.

Federal investigators have said the exact cause of the fire might never be known, but they said they believe it might have started in an area of the facility containing highly combustible oxidizers.

Unspent oxygen generators, which are used to supply oxygen to drop-down masks on commercial aircraft that have depressurized, were stored nearby and played a role in fanning what had been a small fire, federal safety experts determined..

EQ has also reimbursed hundreds of claims from Apex residents for the inconvenience, but some are still trying to get reimbursed.

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  • skypilot-not Sep 10, 2007

    Nice try but we still dont want you around....

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 10, 2007

    "So from now on everybody who has a fire will have to reimburse the fire department and/or the city for all their expenses?"

    This was a great deal more than just a fire. And it was caused by negligence and unapproved storage methods. EQ had already been heavily fined by the state just months before this disaster.

    Unfortunately, the state never notified the Apex town government of the situation. I believe this was solved by action taken by the Governor and/or the Legislature so that communication between the state inspectors and local officials will be better in the future.

  • happymom Sep 10, 2007

    Yeah, I was "reimbursed." A whole $34. My receipts totaled quite a bit more and were only for hotel and food expenses. Thanks for nothing, EQ.

    By the way, stay out of my town.

  • Karmageddon Sep 10, 2007

    So from now on everybody who has a fire will have to reimburse the fire department and/or the city for all their expenses?

  • Made In USA Sep 10, 2007

    EQ...you cannot manage your business and please stay out of my neighborhood.

  • Made In USA Sep 10, 2007

    I was able to get reinburstment for the motel room from EQ in about 2 months after it happened. However, they swept my claim for a doctor visit for breathing problems under the rug. Being the Christian I am, I didn't pursue it. Down the road, I may wish that I had of. I worked near their warehouse, and for three years "we" put up with breathing their daily fumes. On the night it happened, I got a "car-full" of smoke trying to flee Apex as I drove down Hwy. 55 heading south out of Apex towards the new shopping centers. If something like this ever happens again, I hope that more law enforcements are dispatched because where I drove through the smoke, the road was not closed, nor were any "officials" of any type nearby. Many others drove through this smoke also as we fled the area.

  • somey Sep 10, 2007

    Darn Bush!!! Save us Hillary