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Rubber, Oil, Fuel Burned At USA Metal

Fire Latest Episode At Plant In Lowell

Posted: December 28, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Smoke rises up from a fire at USA Metal on 721 S Lincoln St in Lowell Thursday afternoon. Firefighters from Lowell, Behtel Heights, and Springdale were called to the scene late Thursday afternoon to fight the blaze.

Metal, rubber, oil and antifreeze burned in Thursday’s fire at USA Metal Recycling.

At A Glance

Complaints, Inspections

Complaints against USA Metal Recycling and inspections of the Lowell plant filed with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality:

• March 13: Complaint of health concerns regarding odors

• Oct. 15, 2012: Complaint of explosions, odor

• May 22, 2012: Fire complaint

• March 22, 2012: Inspection following a report of a hydrocarbon sheen in concrete drainage

• March 15, 2012: Complaint of odors, health issues

• March 2, 2012: Complaint of dust, odors, health concerns

• Feb. 22, 2012: Complaint of black smoke, odor

• Feb. 13, 2012: Complaint of air quality

• Feb. 9, 2012: Complaint of explosion

• Jan. 24, 2012: Complaint of smoke, odor

• Jan. 17, 2012: Complaint of explosions, smoke, odor.

• Jan. 13, 2012: Complaint of six explosions since Dec. 21, 2011

• Jan. 4, 2012: Complaint of explosions, odor

• Nov. 28, 2011: Inspection finding waste was placed in a way that has potential to cause water pollution. Spill prevention and response procedures can be improved. Preventative maintenance program needs improvement.

• Nov. 14, 2011: Inspection

• Nov. 2, 2011: Complaint of smells, noise, explosions, smoke, chemicals leaking into the ground water

• Oct. 19, 2011: Complaint of odor, dust, black smoke

• July 11, 2011: Smoke and odor

Source: www.adeq.state.ar.us

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