Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Apex-Chemical-Plant-Explosion-27MZIF2I78K4.htmlConceptually similarApex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHDCompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHFCompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHACompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHECompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHBCompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHGCompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHHCompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHICompleted★★★★Apex Chemical Plant ExplosionGP03BHJCompleted★★★★View AllGP03BHCApex Chemical Plant ExplosionA sand barrier downhill from a chemical waste processing plant which exploded and burned for two days in Apex. As a result of the explosion, 17,000 residents were forced to evacuate.Locations:North America-North Carolina-United States of AmericaDate:7 Oct, 2006Credit:© Rob Bradley / GreenpeaceMaximum size:2430px X 3000pxKeywords:Ambulances-Chemical industry-Danger-Day-Fires-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Roads-Toxics (campaign title)Shoot:Apex Chemical Fire in the USGround and aerial views of the charred remains of what was a chemical storage facility owned by Environmental Quality NC. A chemical fire there forced the evacuation of thousands of Apex residents. The contents of the barrels are not known, and the cleanup process will be lengthy, requiring state approval and supervision.EQ is a licensed hazardous-waste facility that repackages and disposes toxic chemicals for businesses. The plant handles hundreds of toxic wastes including banned pesticides and heavy metals such as lead and mercury. When involved in a fire these chemicals can form even more dangerous compounds such as dioxin or hydrogen chloride gas.While the EPA and the NCDENR sampling focused on ambient air residents have been advised by local officials to take some precautions, that may prove inadequate or unwise. For example disposing of contaminated material could undermine efforts to measure the full extent of chemical fallout and compromise the clean up of contaminated homes and property. There may also be legal implications for the residents who throw contaminated material away, which could later serve as evidence in court.Many area residents are already wondering why this facility's permit was renewed for 10 years in March 2005, given that some homes are located within 600 feet of the facility.