Fire at NV Hazardous Waste Plant

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 08:10 PM gHale

A fire at a radioactive waste plant in Beatty, NV, forced the closure of a highway and two schools, officials said.

U.S. 95 north from State Route 160 to Tonopah remained closed for quite some time because of the fire, said Nevada Department of Transportation officials.

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Multiple local and state agencies responded to a fire Sunday afternoon at U.S. Ecology. The fire started around 1 p.m., according to a release from the company.

The release does not say whether the fire is still burning at the site which is about 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The industrial waste plant processes hazardous and radioactive waste. The fire was at one of the closed low level radioactive disposal cells which closed in 1992.

The fire was burning eight miles from populated areas, said Nye County officials. The plant’s site manager is monitoring the air quality in the area, because of the materials inside.

There were no injuries associated with the fire reported.

“I have directed state agencies to mobilize resources and continue working with local authorities,” Governor Brian Sandoval released a statement.

Sandoval directed the Department of Public Safety including the Highway Patrol, State Fire Marshal, Emergency Management Divisions, Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada National Guard, Department of Transportation and Division of Environment Protection to determine the amount of damage and work with local officials to monitor the situation.