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Miyako waste site fire sparks dioxin emission concerns

Date Posted: 2001-12-07

Fire broke out on Nov. 28 at an industrial waste site in Hirara City on Miyako Island, scorching a 1,000-square-meter area and raising residentsí concerns about possible dioxin emissions from the blaze. Firefighters were at first unable to contain the fire, causing the evacuation of Oura-area residents to the Nishihara community center. The blaze was finally put out the next afternoon, when residents were allowed to return to their homes.

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