The owners of a chemical storage facility
in Apex that erupted into flames last year are leaving open the
possibility of rebuilding at the site, despite strong objections
from town leaders.
Scott Maris, vice president of regulatory affairs for E-Q
Industrial Services, says that an environmental assessment found no
signs of contamination at the site. The company is focused on
defending itself from state fines and sanctions and hasn't ruled
out a return to the Raleigh suburb.
He says the company will defend itself to preserve its options --
including the possibility of rebuilding in Apex.
The October fire spewed a yellow-green haze over parts of Apex,
prompting town officials to urge as many as 17-thousand people to
evacuate. Residents were allowed to return two days later.
Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly says a town ordinance will halt any
of E-Q's rebuilding plans.