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Old 03-07-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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My wife and I are planning on buying a house in the Seagroves Farm development, but we are concerned about any possible contamination or long term effects from the chemical plant fire that occurred a few years ago. I've seen some soil and water quality reports published by the state, but nothing conclusive. Does anyone have any experience with the fire and any effects it may have had? Has it been affecting resale at all? Are there any local environmental consulting firms that could be hired to analyze the soil in the lot we're looking at?
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:40 PM
 
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That fire had one lasting effect.....giving humble little Apex a spot on national and in fact; global news. To...pardon the cliche "put it on the map". It was quite an event; despite living on the far west side of town that that time (EQ fire was on the extreme eastern edge of Apex)...we could see flames from our bedroom window and the whole night sky to the east was orange; quite impressive. There were several people who got sick from the fumes of the burning chemicals who were in the immediate vicinity when the explosion occurred; but other than that we lived in Apex for nearly a year after that event and as far as I know there were never any long term health issues with people who lived nearby.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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They dispose of chemicals all the time by burning. Of course they do it in a controlled environment and that is why they evacuated people during the actual incident, but I can;t see how there will be effects after the fact.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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All I can say is that I haven't seen any Apex newborns with third arms... yet.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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The problem is that when you burn a lot of those chemicals, they can form even nastier stuff, especially when combined with other chemicals like they were. As far as I know when chemicals are burned for destruction, the exhaust is scrubbed for particulate matter that would otherwise end up being a hazardous byproduct. Obviously in this case none of that was captured.

As far as third arms and cancer, it takes a long time for trends like this to show up. Maybe after families have lived nearby for 20 years we'd start to see something suspicious, but who knows. It's too early to make any assumptions that it's safe, which is why I was hoping someone may have seen some hard evidence stating the area was clean.
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