Contaminated pond ordered closed at Clean Harbors Colfax
COLFAX - The retention pond at Clean Harbors Colfax in Grant Parish will be closed following tests that show it had levels of toxins that exceeded standards.
Water from the contaminated pond is released into tributaries that flow into the Red River.
State Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown tells The Town Talk Clean Harbors Colfax has been directed to shut down the pond and replace it with a system "that will provide greater protections to human health and the environment."
The pond, which holds rainwater with residue from chemicals on the facility's burn pads, will be replaced by a storage tank/treatment system.
Clean Harbors Colfax, which is located about 5 miles from Colfax, conducts open burning of more than 500,000 pounds of munitions, explosives and other waste annually.