Special EPA plane deploying to Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology aircraft is being deployed to Parkersburg, officials announced this morning.

Based near Dallas, Texas, the aircraft is able to deploy within an hour of notification and is the nation’s only airborne real-time chemical and radiological detection, infrared and photographic imagery platform. A.S.P.E.C.T. is available around the clock to assist local, national and international agencies supporting hazardous substance response, radiological incidents and situational awareness.

The request was made by Wood County officials, according to Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

“At the request of state and Wood County officials, EPA’s Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology aircraft is being deployed to Parkersburg, W.Va.,” Messina said in a release.

“The fire is still smoldering and efforts to extinguish the remaining fire continue,” he said. “The A.S.P.E.C.T. plane will be used to provide high resolution images to help determine hot spots inside the deep layers of debris for the safety of the firefighters and to help in completely extinguishing the fire.”

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