THE TOXIC FIRE OF 1978
 
 

On Feb. 2, 1978, a spectacular fire erupted at an illegal chemical dump in Chester. More than 200 emergency workers were unwittingly exposed to toxic industrial wastes. High rates of cancer and other serious illnesses have beset the group ever since


On February 2, 1978, Firemen, Police, and Paramedics were called to what they thought was a routine blaze at a rubber reclaiming Plant in Chester, PA.  Instead, they walked into 3 million gallons of toxic industrial waste, illegally dumped on the 3-Acre site.   A dump so Poisonous that the Federal Superfund was born, in part, from it.



For the full Beyond the flames story please visit:

http://inquirer.philly.com/specials/2000/fire/stories/fire30.asp


For More information on the EPA Superfund:

http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/npl/PAD980539407.htm

 

THe History:

Committee Members

Bernice Swanson
Daniel Kennedy
Charles Evers
Robert Weigand
Rich Heffernan
Stacy Tawney

Contact Email:
toxicfireof1978@gmail.commailto:toxicfireof1978@gmail.comshapeimage_3_link_0

A very special thank you to our friends from the Delaware County Fallen Firefighters and EMS Memorial Committee for the continued support and backing in getting this Memorial erected.  To visit their page please click the link below:

http://www.delcolodd.com/