Governor expects DEQ response soon to Grant Parish burn pit complaints

Neighbors of a hazardous waste disposal facility in Central Louisiana should hear soon from state regulators regarding health issues they have linked to burn pits used at the site, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

On the Louisiana Radio Network’s monthly “Ask the Governor” show, Edwards fielded a pointed question about the proposed permit renewal for a hazardous waste facility in Grant Parish. Residents who live near Clean Harbors Colfax have urged the administration to take action against the facility they say has been sickening their community for decades.

It’s been little over a month since the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) closed the public comment period on the continued operation of Clean Harbors Colfax, which has been in business since 2002. Alongside a planned contained burning system, the permit, as drafted, would allow for the continued open burning and detonation of waste materials. Since 2015, materials disposed have included munitions from Camp Minden too toxic to be placed in landfills and old fireworks from Disney World.

Read the article at Louisiana Illuminator