Apex Residents Pleased With EQ's Fine
The state Division of Waste Management fined Environmental Quality more than $553,000 in connection with the explosion and fire in Apex. The state also plans to shut down the facility by pulling its hazardous waste permit.
"I don't think there is a dollar amount that you can put on that,” Leonard said. “I would like to see them gone."
"The sense of well-being was disrupted from our community for a while and probably won’t be fully restored until this issue is resolved that EQ will not resume its activities in the town of Apex,” Weatherly said.
EQ officials have said that they want to rebuild in Apex, but town leaders have said they would try to block any such moves. The company has 60 days to contest the fine.
“We are surprised that (the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources) has elected to move forward with its effort to terminate our hazardous waste permit despite the fact their own data shows no environmental impact,” EQ Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Scott Maris said in a statement.
A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12 at Apex Town Hall. People also can file comments with the state on the proposal until April 23.