Laws leave N.C. first responders guessing about chemicals
Communities hosting toxic waste sites are ill-served
The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Copyright 2006 The News and Observer
First reports said the ominous blaze at the EQ Industrial Services waste facility in Apex was generating clouds of deadly chlorine. Emergency workers decided to evacuate 17,000 residents (28, including some first responders, went to emergency rooms with respiratory problems). Now doubt is being raised whether chlorine was among the chemicals that burned, but EQ says it will need more time to determine just which substances were present. Mayor Keith Weatherly is angry at the delay, and rightly so.