CORNWALL Ontario – Cornwall Police Services have blocked off a section of Boundary Road as there is a fire at the Aevitas Waste Disposal site at 2425 Industrial Park Drive. The plant deals in PCB recovery and CFN has not been told if the public should be concerned from inhalation of any potential smoke from the event. Fire services are on the site and the public has been evacuated and asked to stay back while the scene is dealt with. We will update as more info becomes available.
UPDATE 3:27 PM
The EOHU had nobody to answer questions immediately as Dr. Paul was not in Cornwall.
Aevitas has not responded to CFN yet.
In a fire, there is a risk of breathing PCB fumes or the byproducts of combustion which include hydrochloric acid, as well as hazardous dioxins and furans. Environment Canada officials say that smoke from chemical fires in general should be avoided and fire- fighters who must face it should wear protective equipment, including a self-contained breathing apparatus. Clothing and other materials contaminated by PCBs cannot be re-used but have to be treated as PCB wastes and stored until they can be destroyed.
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