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Chemical Fumes Seeping into Nonprofit that Helps Kids with Disabilities, Director says -- Eric Alvarez

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Nashville, Tenn. - Chemical fumes are seeping into a non-profit that helps kids with disabilities, the executive director says.

Technology Access Center re-wires toys so kids with disabilities can play with the same toys as everyone else.

"You can see the enjoyment on their face as well as their parents face for being able to see their child play with toys independently," said Evan Espey, outreach coordinator.

The non-profit also provides products for adults with disabilities.

But a few months ago, a strange smell started coming through the walls from a business next door full of beakers, vials and chemicals.

"My biggest concern has been exposure to our staff on a daily basis now for months to the odors caused by these solutions chemicals, whatever they're using," said Bob Kibler, executive director

The smell is coming from Saffire Vapor, which moved in next door a few months ago.

The company manufactures e-liquid for the electronic cigarette industry, which neither Metro Nashville, nor the state's health departments regulate.

The company's flavor developer Brian Bloodworth showed Fox 17 around the office and even into his lab.

Bloodworth says the smell in the air is perfectly safe, and families can even mix their own flavors at home.

"There's nothing to be concerned about," Bloodworth said.  "It's not going to hurt you. There's nothing in it that causes cancer."

That's something of a relief next door, but Kibler says the smell is still a concern.

"I spoke to the leasing agent and made a verbal agreement with him that if those chemicals are not moved out of that space that we would not stay here," Kibler said.

What's more, Kibler says the leasing company, Cassidy Turley promised him Saffire Vapors would be moving into another building within the complex as far back as April.

Three months later, that hasn't happened, leaving Kibler to explain the smell to the very people he's trying to help.

"We have frail, elderly, people with compromised health coming in here and walk in the door and get hit with this strange odor," Kibler said.

Calls to the leasing agent were not returned.


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