New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a multi-agency investigation into the chemical explosion and the working conditions at Verla International on Tuesday.
Verla International is a commercial cosmetic company located in New Windsor, Orange County.
Gov. Cuomo’s directive comes after the chemical explosion and fire at the company’s warehouse at Temple Hill Road. The governor wants State agencies to examine worker’s conditions and safety. He also wants agencies to review the compliance to State environment regulations at the plant.
Gov. Cuomo to use full force of the law
In a statement, Gov. Cuomo emphasized that it is important to ensure the safety and welfare of New Yorkers after the chemical explosion.
He said, “I am directing a multi-agency investigation to get to the bottom of what happened and review compliance with state labor and environmental laws. Worker safety and environmental protection are top priorities.”
In addition, the governor promised that the State government will use the full force of the law to hold the company accountable if it committed misconduct and negligence that led to the explosion.
Three departments will lead the investigation
The New York Department of Labor, Department of State, and Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) lead the investigation into the overall compliance of Verla International.