DEQ rejects company's plan to fix the stink in Port Allen
PORT ALLEN- The Department of Environmental Quality denied a plan to eliminate a foul odor coming from a storage tank in Port Allen.
The plan was submitted today, about a week after people complained about a cloud of stinky vapor coming from a tank at the Center Point Terminal.
"The plume was like 20-feet wide at the tank and it was going straight up about 40-feet. We just smelt a stink," Lloyd LeBlanc said.
The cloud of ammonia laden steam was the result of a water-based additive mixing with hot asphalt. Despite complaints from people in the area, DEQ and the Port Allen Fire Department say there was not a harmful amount of ammonia in the air.
DEQ and Eagle Environmental Services continue monitoring the air for chemicals. Their meters haven't detected any ammonia or hydrogen sulfide since Center Point Terminal shut down the tank after filling it with asphalt.
"We recommended putting a scrubber or a vapor recovery system on that tank to assure that these odors are not emitted again and that's what we plan on doing," Jack Smith, with Eagle Environmental Services, said. "We're not going to do anything on the movement of the product at Center Point unless the city of Port Allen, the mayor, the fire chief, DEQ and anyone else who needs to be, is notified."
If DEQ approves the second plan, it could take three weeks or longer to install the new system.