Belfast water and air quality monitored after potato plant fire

BELFAST, Maine — Firefighters are still pouring water on the wreckage of a huge charred industrial structure a day after the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant in Belfast burst into flames.

All this water, plus chemicals and other substances in buildings, doesn’t go very far before it becomes runoff from the Passagassawakeag River and Belfast Bay. Chemicals from factories are also scattered into the air.

This has some in the community skeptical about the possibility of water and air pollution following the fires.

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