300,000 people have their drinking water poisoned by
a coal chemical in a disaster declared by a state and the federal government.
Do we know what’s in that coal ash
in the Lowndes County landfill?
Do we trust a pipeline company
a long list of safety violations
to dig into our aquifer?
President Obama is sending federal assistance to West Virginia,
where schools and businesses are closed after a chemical spill
Thursday into a Charleston river.
“The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of
West Virginia and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local
response efforts,” said an administration statement on Friday
Under the order, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal
Emergency Management Agency will coordinate efforts with local
The City of Valdosta Fire Department responded to a chemical
explosion on August 14 at PermaFix Environmental Services, located
at 1622 James Rodgers Circle. The call came in at 2:22 p.m. and
within minutes more than 40 firefighters and other first responders
were on scene. The fire was under control by 4:30 p.m. with the
assistance of the Lowndes County Fire Department and the Moody Air
Force Base Fire Department. Also responding with aid were the
Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s office, the
Georgia State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Due to the nature of the chemicals at the facility, the area was
evacuated within a one-mile radius. At least three injuries have
been reported, but no fatalities are known at this time.
The fire is under investigation. An update will be provided when
more information is available.
Updated 3:06 p.m.: Explosions continue from Perma-Fix at the Gil Harbin Industrial Park. Times staff at the scene reports that the industrial park is being shut down. Emergency personnel are attempting to turn off gas mains at the site, according to preliminary reports.
No injuries reported at this time.
It’s good nobody has been injured; let’s hope it stays that way.
Gretchen took these pictures of the smoke from the
County Extension office four miles away on US 84 East.