As of 10 a.m., more than 17,000 people have been evacuated from the area around the Environmental Quality facility in Apex. This includes downtown. Take a look at the Apex Web cam–eerie to see the clouds and a deserted downtown. Live overheads on WRAL as well as a look into the company’s past. AP is reporting the company had been warned about this kind of problem.
Apex Web Cam:
Here’s the map of the current evacuation area:
According to the state’s Hazardous Waste Section, in March, 2006 the company was cited for the following:
maintain and operate the facility to minimize the possibility of a sudden or non-sudden release of hazardous waste constituents to air, soil or surface water which could threaten human health or the environment;
immediately carry out the provisions of the contingency plan whenever there is a release of hazardous waste or constituents which threatens or could threaten human health or the environment;
not store a container of hazardous waste that is incompatible with any waste or material stored;
complete inspection log book and place in designated log-book area;
maintain aisle space of 24 inches; and
clearly mark to identify container contents and the date each period of accumulation begins.