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E.P.A. is keeping an eye on a Bureau County chemical plant

Posted by wlpo on October 13, 2010

If you were exposed to the fumes from a massive fire at a Euclid Chemical plant in Bureau County Saturday, you probably don’t have to worry about long-term health effects.

Mark Johnson is from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.  He says a number of firefighters and others complained of symptoms Saturday.  About 20 firefighters were affected and some were taken to local hospitals.  Other people said they had respiratory problems and asthma attacks, but Johnson says those seem to be short-term irritations.

Mike Beslow, on-site coordinator for the U.S. EPA, says they brought a number of people in to begin testing for carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and other substances in the air.  He says they didn’t notice any runoff entering the surrounding farmland or nearby Hennepin Canal.

The U.S. EPA maintains control of the site. Euclid Chemical Company’s contractors have taken over testing under EPA supervision.

Thanks to the Newstribune for information in this story.

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