A portion El Dorado along Highway 63, including the Union County Sheriff's Office, is being evacuated because a fire has released a substance from the Clean Harbors Environmental plant.
Officials could not yet confirm what that substance was but the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said in a phone interview that chlorine is stored nearby and that is their primary concern at this time. Arkansas State Police out of Warren is responding as well.
No injuries have been reported.
The El Dorado News-Times reports the evacuations are centered in an area called Rudell Acres and traffic is being re-routed off of Highway 167. A resident who lives farther south along Highway 167, within 2 miles of the plant, reported no sounds from the plant during the afternoon and evening, nor any visible flames from the site. She said there had been no contact from authorities about any potential evacuation in her neighborhood.
Neither the El Dorado Police Department nor the Clean Harbors company have answered calls from KATV. The company's website says they provide "a broad range of hazardous and non-hazardous waste recycling, treatment and disposal, laboratory chemical packing and household hazardous waste management services."
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) records show that the facility used to be called Teris until a name change in 2006. In 2008, Clean Harbors was given a notice of violation by ADEQ for violating the Arkansas Hazardous Waste Management Act.