Iberia

Jun 18, 2011 6:15 PM by Herbie Smith

Air Quality Updates in New Iberia

Since the day of the Multi Chem explosion, New Iberia's air has been tested everyday.
As a matter of fact, it has been tested more than 350,000 times.
Dr. John Kind with the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health says they've been using these two types of air monitors to check New Iberia's air quality.
Kind says one of the devices checks the air every 15 seconds; it scans for harmful chemicals such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide.
Toxicologists say if massive amounts of these chemicals in the air can be very dangerous, but so far nothing has been found.
"The air quality is good. We've been monitoring it twenty four-seven. I just want to let people know that we are here and we will stay here through the clean up and we will monitor the air quality around the clock," said Kind.
Along with testing air quality, toxicologists are also taking water samples from Spanish Lake which is about two miles from Multi Chem's plant.
Toxicologists say they're keep an eye on the lake to make sure it's not contaminated.

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