La. facility won't accept ash from Ebola victim apartment
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana waste disposal facility says it will not accept the ashes generated when a Texas Ebola victim's belongings were incinerated, at least not until state officials agree that it would pose no threat to the public.
Chemical Waste Management Inc.-Lake Charles said in news release Monday that it is permitted to accept such material and that it poses no threat to the environment or human health.
But, the company says, "we do not want to make an already complicated situation, more complicated."
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says he plans to go to court to block the transport of the waste to the Calcasieu Parish facility.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said during a news conference that the virus is not considered to be hardy in the environment and that incineration and chemical treatment of the infected waste is sufficient to remove any risk.