Help for Valley Center

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mobilized three on-scene coordinators to Valley Center, Kansas after this morning's explosion at the Barton Solvents plant in that city of 5,000.

The on-scene teams will be monitoring air quality in the area and helping with other environmental monitoring.

The EPA has also sent what they call ASPECT, or Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology, which is a sophisticated data gathering airplane, to fly over the plant fire.

The ASPECT aircraft provides first responders and emergency workers on scene with information on any possible chemical releases to the air.

When air quality results are available, EPA will post them on the EPA Region 7 web site, which is www.epa.gov/region7/


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