Residents seek answers about chemical spill

May 22, 1998|By Greg Garland | Greg Garland,SUN STAFF

About 50 residents from the South Baltimore neighborhoods of Wagner's Point, Curtis Bay and Brooklyn, joined by several local lawmakers, lambasted state environmental officials and a chemical company last night for their handling of a chemical spill last week.

The residents crowded into the Curtis Bay Community Center for what was supposed to be an "informational meeting" on a hazardous-waste renewal permit for FMC Agricultural Products Chemicals.

However, the Maryland Department of the Environment's agenda for the meeting was tossed aside as angry residents demanded answers to their questions about the herbicide spill on the site that sent a gas plume over their neighborhoods.

Parker Dean, the plant's health, safety and environmental manager, said FMC officials are trying to determine the chemical compounds in the plume, which formed when a process used to make liquid plant killer went awry.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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