St. Mary

Aug 19, 2013 3:30 AM by AP

Demolition nearly complete at St. Mary waste plant

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - Louisiana's environmental department says waste removal at Marine Shale Processors, a St. Mary Parish business that once burned hazardous materials in a huge kiln, will be completed Aug. 23.

Vicki Hadwin of the department's remediation services division tells The Daily Review of Morgan City that the completion date was pushed back from late June due to the discovery of additional previously unidentified waste material including asbestos. She says in an email that the material was in a supplemental kiln that had to be cleared out before the kiln could be demolished.

In 1985, Marine Shale Processors began incinerating hazardous wastes. The company was at the center of controversies with competing waste handlers and with area residents who said they feared the plant posed a health hazard.

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