The cause of an explosion and fire at a chemical processing facility in Valdosta remains unclear. A city spokeswoman said elevated pH levels of water inside the Perma-Fix facility delayed some of the on-site evaluations that need to be performed.
Federal authorities are probing the death of 62-year-old Isiah Scott, who died over the weekend at a chemical plant in Augusta. Scott, of Hephzibah, was found unresponsive atop a railroad tanker car loaded with molten sulfur Saturday.
About 100 people gathered near the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah to remember those who died at the plant on the same night four years ago. Fourteen people were killed because of a dust explosion at the facility on Feburary 7th, 2008. First responders, ministers and survivors gathered at a church near the blast site.
Federal officials have cited a Georgia cotton manufacturing plant with multiple safety and health violations. The problems included dangerous levels of combustible dust similar to the kind that triggered the fatal explosion of Imperial Sugar in Savannah three years ago.