Explosion at US Ecology Idaho site

Posted at 2:09 PM, Nov 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 16:09:12-05

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    Grand View, ID (KIVI) — Officials have confirmed an explosion occurred Saturday morning at the US Ecology Idaho site near Grand View, Idaho.

A public information officer for US Ecology says the explosion leaves three people injured with non-life threatening wounds and one person is still unaccounted for.

Emergency response teams are on location working to clean the area after an explosion that happened at 9:23 am Saturday morning inside one of the buildings at the facility. Fifteen US Ecology employees were working during the time of the explosion.

“Our immediate thoughts are with families,” said Simon Bell US Ecology Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. “It’s a very difficult day for US Ecology. Our focus is on the families of those affected by the accident, supporting the first responders, and making sure our employees are cared for and updated on what’s happening in this process.”

US Ecology Idaho houses a facility that processes and converts hazardous inorganic wastes into non-hazardous, delisted residues. The accident occurred during a routine process.

US Ecology will release more information as it becomes available.

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