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No Problems with air quality so far in wake of Verso fire

No Problems with air quality so far in wake of Verso fire Click to Enlarge Photo: Brad Veenstra

May 30, 2012 at 8:05 am

SARTELL, MN (KNSI) - With smoke and other possible pollutants pumped into the air by the fire this week at the Verso Paper mill, concerns have been raised over air quality. But as yet there has not been a spike in air pollution.

Sartell City Administrator Patti Gartland says the St. Cloud Hazmat team has been doing regular testing of both the air and water around the Verso plant to make sure it remains safe.

"There hasn't been any indication of any hazardous components at all and continuing testing is being done," Gartland said.

Testing is being handled by the St. Cloud Hazmat team, a normal response to this type of incident.

"They have been doing regular testing of both the air and the water," Grantland said. "So we don't have any concerns there."

Gartland says they'll continue that testing in the coming days to make sure there are no significant environmental impacts from the blaze.

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