Crews evacuate near fire on Tenn. Superfund site

By By TRAVIS LOLLER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Emergency workers have evacuated a 4-mile radius around a burning plastics recycling plant on a contaminated federal Superfund site in central Tennessee.

Kim Skelton in the Hickman County mayor's office says the fire started at about 10 a.m. Wednesday and that officials evacuated nearby homes because they were concerned about toxic fumes.

Skelton says fire crews from surrounding counties are helping to put out the blaze about 45 miles west of Nashville that sent big, black clouds of smoke into the air.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman James Pinkney says someone from the agency was headed to the scene to assist. Superfund sites were created for the cleanup or removal of areas in which hazardous toxic waste has been dumped.

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