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Monolyte Labs ex-employees concerned for health

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Posted: Feb 15, 2013 5:32 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Feb 15, 2013 5:32 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Slaughter, explosion, Monolyte Labs, chemicals, hazardous

SLAUGHTER - After a month-long hiatus the cleanup at Monolyte Labs continues.

The chemical plant in Slaughter exploded and then caught fire last November, creating concern in the neighborhood surrounding the plant.

Now people who used to work at the plant are speaking out. Joe Guidry worked at Monolyte Labs for two years. He says the working conditions were poor, and many were not provided with proper safety equipment, including masks. Now, he's concerned for his health.

"They should have concerns about getting this job done," said Guidry. "I'd like to know not only what I've been breathing for the past two years, but what these people were breathing after the fire and during the fire."

Monolyte Labs is transferring liquid waste from on-site frac tanks to trucks being taken to Clean Harbors, a hazardous waste disposal area located in Baton Rouge.

Jacob Germany was a Monolyte cook. He mixed over 20 chemicals together to form the company product, oil dispersant. The chemicals included Acrylic Acid and Acrylamide, a carcinogen.

"I would clean out my nose, and everything in there would be black," said Germany.

A number of liquid and solid waste frac tanks containing material collected from the ground, remain on the Monolyte Labs site. The liquid tanks are being removed today.

Department of Environmental Quality Inspection Division says the cleanup is taking so long because Monolyte is on a tight budget. DEQ is searching for assistance in the cleanup efforts and if necessary, they will come in and complete the job themselves.

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