Plant damaged in Plainville fire expected to re-open next month

Plant damaged in Plainville fire expected to re-open next month

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PLAINVILLE — The operators of a soil treatment and recycling facility damaged by a fire on Dec. 31 plan to resume operations next month.

Scott Miller, general manager of Clean Earth of Connecticut, spoke before the Town Council during its Monday meeting, presenting information about damage to the 58 N. Washington St. plant, formerly Phoenix Soil.

The 2 p.m. fire took approximately 40 minutes to extinguish.  Firefighters remained at the scene until almost 9 p.m. to check for hotspots.

The fire damaged the facility’s wet scrubber and stack emissions monitor. The stack was removed after the fire due to damage to the structure around it.

The company operates “a state-of-the-art thermal treatment facility processing non-hazardous petroleum-contaminated soils,” according to its website.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded and in conjunction with firefighters determined that there was no health risks to area residents. According to Environmental Protection Agency records, no violations had been found at the facility over the past three years.

The Plainville-Southington Regional Health District continues to monitor the situation through DEEP, Town Manager Robert Lee said.
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