Fire Crews Battle Blaze At Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Fire Crews Battle Blaze At Mt. Olivet Cemetery

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    01/25/15 10:17:49 PM

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Update: Hickman Co. Fire Nearly Contained, Environmental Concerns Continue-Meagan O'Halloran

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Hickman County, Tenn-Federal, state, and local officials addressed the media and concerned residents at the Hickman County Emergency Management Center Thursday.

U.S. Environmental Protection on-scene coordinator and Industrial hygienist Kevin Eichinger confirmed that the plastic plant that is burning in Hickman County released chemicals of concern.

The fire broke out at the plastic recycling plant on Highway 100 Wednesday morning. Fire crews from Hickman and surrounding counties came to the scene. About 300 people had to leave their homes last night. Fortunately no one was hurt.

Particulates are in the air. EPA says it is unhealthy to breathe and can aggravate those with breathing problems or pre-existing medical conditions.
Levels of the particulate matter have subsided significantly in some areas so emergency crews lifted 70% of the original mile and a half  evacuation order.

People living west of Lyle and Wrigley are still unable to return to their homes.
Right now EPA has fixed monitoring stations in place to continue air quality testing. Mobile rover crews will also be surveying the area. Emergency response groups plan to stay in the area through Sunday.

TEMA says the drinking water has been tested and has not been impacted as of yet. However, crews will continue to monitor and test the nearby wells for the possibility of potential run-off from the site and make sure it doesn't contaminate the water. TEMA says it would take thirty days for the possibility of potential runoff to make it into the water supply.

The Red Cross closed its emergency shelter today and placed two families in a nearby motel.