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Explosion reported at International Paper in Cantonment

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Explosion reported at International Paper in Cantonment

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/cantonment/2017/01/22/possible-explosion-cantonment-paper-mill/96934848/

Not much info, but this looks like a pretty big HAZMAT incident.

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Hope everyone is ok.

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The PR job on this explosion has been lamentable to say the least, with all kinds of harmful misinformation reaching the public on how to clean themselves and their property of the blast's residue. Heads will roll and lawsuits will abound.

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RealLindaL wrote:The PR job on this explosion has been lamentable to say the least, with all kinds of harmful misinformation reaching the public on how to clean themselves and their property of the blast's residue.   Heads will roll and lawsuits will abound.

Even the PNJ is complicit. They have downplayed the health and environmental effects of black liquor. You can go to their website and read the MSDS for that stuff, and it is not non-toxic. It is acidic and can burn skin and is a severe threat to aquatic life.

Authorities and media seem to be herding the sheep (i.e., us) in the way they want this to go.

FDEP/EPA and the media should be screaming right now. I have picked on Dr. Jackie Lane of Friends of Perdido Bay over her unending complaints about how IP affects Perdido Bay; however, this incident has merit.

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More on IP from Rick's Blog:

http://ricksblog.biz/ip-and-health-officials-reassure-community-after-cantonment-plant-explosion/

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Video from WEAR. That explosion was huge, and the plant looks like someone bombed it:

http://weartv.com/news/local/web-extra-aerial-video-of-international-paper

More from the PNJ:

Explosion: 'It's like a fallout zone

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/cantonment/2017/01/25/cantonment-residents-s-like-fallout-zone/97048518/

Excerpts:

The Cantonment Digester Incident Unified Command hasn’t responded to requests from the Pensacola News Journal to outline the exact area impacted, nor the process for securing accommodation or remediation help.

Many of the residents echoed the same statement: They don’t blame the mill for the accident, but they are concerned about a lack of forthcoming information on environmental impact and health concerns.


It should be a scandal at the state and federal levels. No one appears to care very much for the residents surrounding the plant and the environmental damage is not being talked about. OSHA and EPA should be all over this; but maybe not under the Trump administration.

That mill is significantly damaged. This may be the final nail in the mill's coffin. It has been laced with controversy for decades, and the cost to reopen it may be too much for IP to bear. I do hope that IP gets hit with numerous lawsuits from the affected citizens, and that government agencies which were slow or reluctant to act are named as defendants. IP deserves everything it gets hit with on this incident.

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