Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will meet with residents of the Rubbertown neighborhood Monday evening.
The meeting comes a week after an explosion and fire at the Carbide Industries plant that killed two workers and closed streets in the area for hours.
Today on State of Affairs we heard a portion of Phillip M. Bailey’s interview with activist Attica Scott in response to last week’s explosion at Carbide Industries in the Rubbertown neighborhood.
STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/25/11: It’s been a busy news week & we’ll talk about it all on State of the News. An explosion in Rubbertown and a hazardous leak in Butchertown have many residents calling for improvements to the emergency response system. The interim director of Louisville Metro Animal Services has stepped down with no replacement yet selected. Also exiting is Allan Cowen, who announced his retirement as CEO of the Fund for the Arts, effective at the end of April. Join us for these metro stories, plus a check-in on the Kentucky & Indiana General Assemblies. Listen to the Show
On WFPL’s State of Affairs Thursday, Fischer discussed: the city budget; Metro Government’s response to recent industrial accidents in Rubbertown and Butchertown; the future of Whiskey Row; and his thoughts on Metro Council discretionary spending. You can listen to the full interview here.
“It’s a little early to determine exactly where we will go with this investigation. In some cases we will do a full investigation. In other cases it might be a more truncated review, and we might issue a safety bulletin,” said U.S. Chemical Safety Board member Mark Griffon.
A small fire continues to burn at the chemical plant in the Rubbertown neighborhood more than two days after an explosion killed two workers. Louisville fire crews went inside Carbide Industries yesterday to assess whether chemicals are contained. A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is also investigating the accident.
STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/24/11: He’s been in office fewer than three months, but Mayor Greg Fischer’s had a busy first quarter. Just this week, an explosion in Rubbertown and a hazardous leak in Butchertown have given rise to questions about the city’s emergency response and communication capabilities. Allegations continue about Councilwoman Judy Green, leading some to call for a wider look at how Metro Council Members’ discretionary funds are spent. Then there’s Louisville Metro Animal services – still without a leader – and the temporary holding pattern at Whiskey Row. Call us with your questions or comments for Mayor Fischer, Thursday on State of Affairs. Listen to the Show
The CSB is an independent federal agency that investigates chemical industry accidents. Company officials have said only that the blast originated in a furnace.
Mayor Greg Fischer says the incident never posed any chemical danger to neighborhood residents, but police advised people to stay in their homes and close their windows for a time as a precaution. Some are upset that they weren’t quickly notified about the nature of the fire.
The University of Louisville will host a community forum tomorrow at 4:30 pm Wednesday on the effects of the environment on personal health. The event will help U of L develop new education programs.