Water quality concerns officials after chemical fire in Texas

By on October 10, 2011

While Environmental Protection Agency officials say that the air quality in Waxahachie, Texas isn’t at risk after the Megnablend chemical plant fire, contaminated water used to douse the blaze is a different story.

According to the press, Waxahachie Fire Chief David Hudgins said, “We had our public works department come in and bring in sand and back hoes, and what they did is they dammed it up where the water goes under the road in front of the college.”

80 percent of what Megnablend produces is oil and gas related, which is why EPA officials have been so concerned since the fire ignited. Investigators believe the fire to have been caused by an electrical spark. As precaution, according to the press, preliminary testing on the water showed similar results to the air quality—no threat to the public.

However, according to a representative of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality there were only two minor compounds detected, that were at very low levels, which may require further testing.

Read the complete story at NBC Dallas Fort Worth.

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