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.
“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.
The CSB is an independent federal agency that investigates chemical industry accidents. Company officials have said only that the blast originated in a furnace.
Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood is home to the largest carbide (a chemical compound) furnace in the world. Several miles east, the Butchertown neighborhood hosts one of the nation’s largest urban slaughterhouses. There were accidents at both of these facilities in the same week in late March, and the city is developing a new notification system for… Continue reading Are Urban Industries Endangering Neighborhoods?