An unfortunate fire and then an extreme explosion occurred in a digester at an industrial facility. Over 200 homes and property were covered with a tar like substance that included wood fibers, water, pulping materials, unknown substances, and chemicals. Cotton was tasked with organization of all affiliated parties to clean, decontaminate and provide documented success that all affected structures and locations were made safe from both an environmental and sanitation stance.
Cotton provided preliminary overall guidance and direction of personnel to generate the necessary scope assisting determination of how to collect and test product remnants and to provide air and water sampling from both affected and nonaffected areas for the accumulation of quantitative measurements that would assist in the determination of final clearance and cleanliness of the affected locations. Cotton and Facility personnel teamed together in each community to walk house to house to distribute detailed information about the event and recovery process.