04/03/08 87 W - + 14 - 8 Hazard Found in Burlington Fire Check

If you missed it, here's the News & Observer story that opened "a routine inspection [...] last month found a chemical supply that could have killed hundreds of people and harmed thousands more." On February 14, they report, a BFD inspector found 856,000 pounds of sodium hydrosulfite. That's a highly combustible powder that produces the highly toxic gas sulfur dioxide. Stats, facts, and scenarios follow. However, notes a quoted emergency management official, the situation is not an emergency and there's no possibility of imminent danger.

Also, today’s paper offers an editorial on the subject, http://www.newsobserver.com/print/thursd..
Legeros - 04/03/08 - 05:40

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