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DEQ investigating fumes from WBR port

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Posted: Jul 18, 2011 10:54 PM by WBRZ Staff
Updated: Jul 18, 2011 10:54 PM
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Topics: port allen, fumes, port of greater baton rouge, asphalt, wbrz, louisiana

PORT ALLEN - Fumes released from the Port of Greater Baton Rouge last night have brought environmental inspectors out to determine just what happened.

Port Allen's acting mayor, R. J. Loupe, said this morning that he was told workers at the Port were trying to cool down some overheated asphalt. He said they used the wrong chemical retardant, which is what caused the fumes.

Loupe said people near the port called to complain the fumes were causing their eyes to burn and upset stomachs. No evacuations were ordered.

News 2 will have more on the investigation tonight.

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