Thursday, August 15, 2013

Radioactive Waste Fire in Valdosta, Georgia

Moultrie Observer, Aug. 15, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tips): A series of explosions and a fire severely injured three people Wednesday afternoon in the incident in [...] facility that processes and disposes hazardous and non-hazardous waste. At 2:22 p.m. Wednesday, the Valdosta Fire Department was called to Perma-Fix of South Georgia [...] regarding reports of a chemical explosion, according to the City of Valdosta. [...] Due to the chemicals in the plant, more explosions followed in a series of repeated bursts for the next 30-40 minutes, with less occasional explosive sounds well past an hour after the initial call. [...] Some firefighters made respiratory complaints from fighting the fire.

Valdosta Daily Times, Aug. 15, 2013: Due to the nature of the chemicals at the facility, the area was evacuated within a one-mile radius. [...] A cause of the explosion and the resulting series of explosions and fire has yet to be made public, or possibly determined. [...] Moody Air Force Base personnel have been called to the scene.

WALB, Aug. 15, 2013: Valdosta firefighters remained on the scene all night in case any hot spots flared up after explosions at the Per-Fix plant in Valdosta Wednesday. [...] Plumes of smoke and flames could be seen more than one hundred feet in the air. [...] According to their website, Perma-Fix Environmental Services is a global provider of nuclear services and radioactive waste management solutions. The Valdosta facility, Perma-Fix of South Georgia is a waste treatment facility that processes and disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous waste liquid, solids and sludges.

Press Release: Valdosta 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.

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