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August 06, 2012

No Known Risk to Vermonters from Industrial Fire in Ghent, NY

State officials along with federal counterparts have been tracking smoke from an industrial fire in Ghent, New York today. Smoke from the fire may have passed through Vermont at some point during the fire – but trending winds are believed to have taken most of it to the south of Vermont. With that there is NO expected risk to Vermonters’ health or the environment.

Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears, and Vermont Emergency Management Director Joe Flynn directed their staffs to monitor the situation and will continue to follow the situation, but there is no known risk to Vermonters.

Testing from New York State close to the fire shows that the smoke coming from the blaze contained contaminants below federally allowed thresholds. Trace amounts of the smoke may have passed through southern Vermont during the fire.

The Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Natural Resources say there is no reason to believe levels of contaminants were significant enough to present a hazard to the public or environment in Vermont. However, residents are still advised to monitor local media for notice of any changes in the situation.

Source: Department of Health
Last Updated at: August 06, 2012 08:30:21