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EPA: Lyles Water, Air Quality Safe Following Plant Fire

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LYLES, Tenn. – In the aftermath of a fire at a recycling plant in Hickman County, the Environmental Protection Agency said the quality of the air and water was safe for residents.

Officials with the EPA gave the official word on Thursday, just one day after a fire broke out at the Industrial Plastics Recycle on Plant Road in Lyles. The EPA gave the water and air quality in Lyles a "safe level" rating after the massive plastic plant fire.

Many families were allowed back to their homes after the findings of both air and water testing by the EPA. Kevin Eichinger said crews arrived Wednesday to set up air monitoring station in many areas.

There have been no findings of toxins and no sign of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) from the plastic plant fire. Jeremy Heidt with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said all water and well water was protected during the fire and is safe for people to resume using.

Eichinger said the Hickman County Health Department has received recommendation for families returning to their homes. Officials said children in the area will also return to school on Friday. Schools were closed for two days as a result of the fire.

"My mom was able to stop and get some clothes for me and my sister and her so we actually got to get clean clothes, instead of having to wear the same ones," said Kevin Dunn, a student at East Hickman Middle School.

While 95 percent of the fire has been contained, health and environmental officials will remain in the area checking air quality.

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