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City and Carbide Officials to Meet With Rubbertown Residents

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will meet with residents of the Rubbertown neighborhood this (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.

Residents have criticized the response to the accident. The plant’s owner did not update a phone line established to warn the neighborhood of any threats or chemical leaks. Further, emergency responders were not immediately using the same radio channel. Communication between fire departments and police was scattered when crews first arrived no the scene.

Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says all of the involved parties will be on hand to talk with residents at Monday’s meeting.

“The plant manager will be there. The director of MetroSafe, the police chief, people from Lake Dreamland, the mayor, health department. We’ll look at what happened that day, what failures occurred and how we plan to improve that,” he says.

The mayor has already announced plans to purchase a system that will give residents faster updates about industrial accidents. The city has also taken over the Rubbertown phone hotline.

The meeting is at 7 pm at Southwick Community Center.

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Activist Responds to Rubbertown Explosion

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. Click below to hear the entire interview.

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Officials Launch Probe Of Rubbertown Blast

Federal and state officials continue their investigation into Monday’s explosion and fire at a Rubbertown chemical plant.

Two workers were killed and two others in injured when a furnace exploded at the Carbide Industries plant.

The plant makes calcium carbide, which is used to produce acetylene gas and other chemicals.

Two investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board have begun reviewing documents and interviewing employees.

“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 board member Mark Griffon.

The Chemical Safety Board does not issue fines or citations. State occupational safety and health inspectors and a federal EPA official are also investigating the incident.

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Rubbertown Explosion Update: Fire Still Burns

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 plant produces calcium carbide, which is used to manufacture acetylene gas and various other chemicals.

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Federal Team To Probe Rubbertown Explosion

A team of investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is deploying to the Carbide Industries plant in Louisville.

An explosion Monday evening at the Rubbertown facility killed two workers and injured two others.

The CSB is an independent federal agency that investigates chemical industry accidents. Its members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Company officials have said only that the blast originated in a furnace.

The plant produces calcium carbide, which is used to manufacture acetylene gas and various other chemicals.

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Are Urban Industries Endangering Neighborhoods?

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 residents. Such a system is necessary, city officials say, because these facilities are in urban areas.

What dangers do these facilities present to the surrounding neighborhoods, and to the city as a whole? Should the plants be relocated? Can they be relocated? What is the future of urban industry, and what will happen to the workers if the plants move?