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Testimony shows experts had concerns with Livingston debris removal

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago July 02, 2014 Jul 2, 2014 Wednesday, July 02 2014 July 02, 2014 10:14 PM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Transcripts of the arbitration hearing involving the Livingston Parish government and its appeal for nearly $60 million in FEMA funding show experts were concerned about how the parish handled debris removal following Hurricane Gustav in 2008.

Two men, one with the Department of Homeland Security and another with the Army Corps of Engineers expressed issues with the parish's cleanup.

Steven Monachello, an inspector with Homeland Security, discussed a federal investigation into the debris removal process. Monachello said he was beginning the steps of forming an inquiry through the Office of Inspector General over the matter.

"I am in the process of doing that as we sit here," he told arbitrators at the hearing in May.

An investigator for the Army Corps testified about serious issues surrounding the FEMA grant for the parish.

"This is the biggest violation I have been involved with," Robert Heffner said. "it required more of our resources. It continues to require more of our resources in any single project or violation that I have worked on in 16 years."

There were 2,000 pages of testimony related to the hearing where a group decided the parish should not be reimbursed. More about this story can be found HERE.
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