Peanut Fire Impacting Greenwood Air Quality

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has ordered the owner of a smoldering Peanut storage facility in Greenwood to implement an air monitoring plan. The fire at the Birdsong Peanuts facility continues, with thick black smoke at times still rising from the now totally destroyed building. MDEQ wants Birdsong to check for particulate contamination in the air caused by the ongoing fire but did not say if the company will face any fines or penalties. The fire broke out on December 29, consuming 25,000 bushels of highly flammable stored peanuts. The Greenwood fire department has been on scene around the clock ever since, most recently building a dirt dike to contain peanut oil which at one point was nearly a foot deep at the site. Birdsong says their insurance company will compensate the city for any additional expenses including overtime payments, foam, and equipment. Once the fire is out, the building will be destroyed and the site cleaned. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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