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The state’s Department for Environmental Protection issued assurances Tuesday morning that air, soil and water in and around Lawrenceburg is safe following Friday’s fire, according to spokesperson Dick Brown.
However, the agency is taking what Brown called “immediate steps” to put a corrective action plan in place with Dlubak Glass, owner of the large pile of vinyl that burned for nearly three hours.
“Our overall view of the situation for the community there in and around Lawrenceburg is that the Department of Environmental Protection doesn’t believe there are any issues, be it water, soil or air as the result of the fire,” Brown said in a statement Tuesday morning.
“That said, we are taking immediate steps with the business to take remedial actions and set up a corrective action plant, particularly with water runoff because that’s certainly going to travel, moving forward, further than anything else.”
Brown said he was referring to the untold gallons of water pumped onto the blaze last Friday, along with residual runoff from the past several days of rain.
“We are stepping up a monitoring and sampling plan moving forward with regard to water and any runoff,” he said.
Brown emphasized that the agency doesn’t believe residential areas were affected by runoff.
“We feel like anything that would have been in the water dissipated quickly and would have been contained on site,” he said. “No residential areas are impacted by the threat of water runoff.”
Waste, Brown said will have to be removed from the site.
“We will do a soil sample and investigation off site to make sure anything away from the site wasn’t contaminated,” he said.
Brown said air monitoring at the location during the fire did not happen.
“It’s very difficult to set up quickly,” he said. “It typically takes a number of hours and this fire was out in about three hours.”
Brown added that pollutants from the site “probably dissipated over a large area once the fire was extinguished.”