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Crowd voices concerns with barge cleaning operation

1 year 5 months 5 days ago August 19, 2015 Aug 19, 2015 Wednesday, August 19 2015 August 19, 2015 8:35 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- People packed a hearing room at the Department of Environmental Quality Tuesday night, most to voice their opposition to a proposed barge cleaning facility south of LSU along River Road.

People, holding signs with a community-organized social media slogan printed on the front, said they are concerned about the noise and pollution the facility will bring to their neighborhoods. Tubal Cain, the company that is planning the operation, argues concerns are unfounded.

Tuesday's meeting comes a day after a city planning and zoning commission approved re-zoning the land and a day before the entire Metro Council decides on the re-zoning request. Re-zoning the property could cancel the project.

"We're concerned the Tubal Cain emissions will be problematic for us," resident Malcolm Myer said. "We're concerned about the outcome."

The company said it has already invested $4 million in the project.

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