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Residents still worried after Monolyte Labs explosions

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SLAUGHTER - Some Slaughter residents say it's still hard to breathe nearly two years after a chemical company was destroyed by a fire.

Monolyte Labs caught fire in November 2012. Crews then worked to clean up the mess. Now just a concrete slab, a few containers and overgrown grass remain at the site. People who live near the site say it's an eyesore.

"I want the cement foundation pulled up. I want it to be leveled completely just like a field. Whoever owns the land should have to maintenance the land," said Louise Johnston.

Others said the release of chemicals during the explosions caused them and their children health problems that still linger.

"I can't stand to breathe out here. I cannot. I'm taking inhalers. I even went into the hospital for not being able to breathe. I can't stay outside in the heat, and I used to be out here working in my yard," said Laura Gasquet.

A site investigation report done by CK Associates out of Baton Rouge claims the former site of Monolyte Labs shows signs of a petroleum source in soil and ditch samples. The report recommends no further action from the chemical company, because Monolyte never held petroleum products in its inventory on site.

Residents say they still want to know for sure that their neighborhood is safe.

"We just need to know if it's okay down the road. After we're dead and gone the next generation coming up here this could be a cancer thriving neighborhood," said Johnston.

A group of residents have filed a lawsuit against Monolyte Labs.



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