State Fines Company Responsible For Apex Plant Fire

The owner of a chemical storage company whose facility exploded in Apex last October has been fined 49-hundred dollars for violating labor laws.
State regulators say E-Q Industrial Services sometimes used untrained temporary workers at its Apex facility. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health say the temporary workers also were not informed about what to do after an evacuation.

E-Q spokesman Bob Doyle isn't commenting, saying he hadn't heard about the fine. The state Division of Waste Management has already fined the company more than 550-thousand dollars, noting that E-Q did not comply with permit conditions, including disaster preparedness and prevention, emergency procedures and record keeping.

Investigators found that previous chemical reactions, fires and waste releases had occurred prior to the October fire. Officials say none of those prior incidents had been reported.