Series of chemical explosions rock hazardous waste plant by Florida border — Radioactive waste mentioned on company’s acceptance form — FBI responds to blast — Plumes of smoke and flames over 100 feet high (VIDEO)

Published: August 15th, 2013 at 11:57 am ET
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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 has 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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8 comments to Series of chemical explosions rock hazardous waste plant by Florida border — Radioactive waste mentioned on company’s acceptance form — FBI responds to blast — Plumes of smoke and flames over 100 feet high (VIDEO)

  • Tom in AZ Tom in AZ

    The local TV link above just calls it 'an oil recycling company.' No need it worrying the natives, I guess.


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  • markww markww

    These type of plants take old oils solvents grease and recycle them and send it back to the processors to re filter and use again. The fire looks like OLD OIL burning. A good 6% foam would have put it out in just a few minutes.

    Markww


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Radioactive airborne releases on a regular basis…

    Perma-Fix of South Georgia "operates the only commercial mixed waste combustion unit in the United States with TSCA treatment authorization from the EPA Region 4 to manage TSCA regulated PCB contaminated radioactive wastes. This authorization is the first and only commercial outlet for radioactive PCB waste treatment and disposal that had not previously been available to commercial generators."


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    • bubbajim

      When I went to the company site last night to get a better idea of what they did, the heading for a Florida plant came up. Much to my horror, it is in my nearby town of Gainesville, Fla.

      One of the products produced by this company is fuel for cement plants. from the ga plant website "Our hazardous waste facility primarily blends and processes waste into a material which is then used as a substitute waste fuel in cement kilns. I recognized methyl chloride also from having read about louisiana.

      The Gainesville plant is listed under the nuclear subheading (oh joy).http://www.perma-fix.com/facilities/pf_nuclear_gainesville/. It is more vague than the Ga site unless one is versed in the jargon.


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      • bubbajim

        Just wanted to add, coincidentally there is a cement plant in an outlying community.

        I have observed that way more people I meet out and about in town have health problems compared to even 10 years ago. ( always blamed on allergies here). Also I was told by multiple alternative health care providers of various types that the incidence of respiratory disorders spiked the year the cement plant went on line(2000). By my observation, it seems that health in town ( chronic ENT, respiratory problems that disappear or improve when people leave here) is continuing to increase


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  • Sol Man

    Due to the nature of vapor drift you may wish to expand that one mile radius.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    More of the same, pollute the air, water, food source
    The world is a toxic mess.


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    • bubbajim

      Near Valdosta- Moody Air Force Base, lots of atmospheric spraying in north florida and from what I can tell in south Ga. 2 nuclear plants- one near valdosta , the other further east of there more toward coast. And of course we are down stream for the aquifer system as well as getting the rain and winds that dip south.


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