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Ascension Parish Council to discuss red dust problem at next meeting

1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago Monday, October 10 2022 Oct 10, 2022 October 10, 2022 12:52 PM October 10, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

ASCENSION PARISH – People living in parts of Ascension Parish are still having issues with red dust that blows around and covers neighborhoods.

A parish councilman is now stepping in.

Councilman Joel Robert proposed a resolution to find out what can be done about the dust problem. The resolution was approved and now will go to the Ascension Parish Council. 

“I know the red dirt problem is completely out of code,” Robert told WBRZ. “Three weeks ago, I was coming down Highway 22 from the interstate, and I literally turned around because I didn't want to drive in the red dust storm that was in front of me.”

This year, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality found that in early May, sprinklers that are meant to keep the dust wet are in need of repair or missing.

The sprinklers are required under the facility’s solid-waste permit.

LDEQ said it has been informed that the sprinklers are on order and installation work should begin by the end of the month.

Installation is estimated to be a two-week job if all goes right.

The plan will be discussed at the Ascension Parish Council meeting Oct. 20. 

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