pH levels delay look into Perma-Fix fire
First Update (8/16 3:45 p.m/)
Valdosta fire investigators say that pH levels have returned to a safe level and were able to get into the site around 2:30 p.m.
Valdosta Fire Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials can now investigate the site of the initial accident.
They say that it was not a large delay because they were able to work on other investigation preparations.
Officials stress that it will still be several days before initial information is available on the incident.
Valdosta fire investigators say the pH levels found in standing water of the Perma-fix plant are still too high to start their investigation.
Battalion Chief Ralph Catlett tells FOX 31 that the chemical levels in some of the water haven't receded as quick as they would have liked and that some are still register between one and four.
"One is the worst," Catlett says "and they have to be above a four in order for us to get in there."
The higher levels are being found below the surface of the standing water. Authorities hope the levels will come down enough later this afternoon in order to get into the building that caught fire Wednesday afternoon to find a cause.
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