Chemical Smells Cause Illness in St. Rose

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Erica Bolden, St. Rose resident, 504.466.7816
Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, 504.452.4909

Bucket Brigade’s Emergency Reponses Team to Deploy Today

Despite repeated claims by the Department of Environmental Quality that the chemical and gas odors in St. Rose pose no harm to human health, residents are reporting of headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade has received 22 calls of health complaints since Monday. The health problems have persisted throughout the week.

"My momma is an elderly lady and she has asthma,” said Erica Bolden of St. Rose. “Yesterday the smell was so bad, my brother and I had to go across the river to take her out because she felt nauseated and short of breath."

Despite the very real problems experienced by residents, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued no air monitoring reports. “Our so called Department of Environmental Quality is saying that human health is not harmed even when people are obviously sick,” said Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “We do not trust the state, and this accident shows why. We need immediate intervention. People should be evacuated if the chemical leak can’t be stopped, and the company at fault should be slammed with the highest fine possible. Our public officials are asleep at the wheel.”

The suspected source of the chemical leadk is International Matex Tank Terminals or Shell Asphalt. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is deploying its Emergency Response Team tonight to go door to door and document the health problems of residents.

"We are taxpayers,” continued Ms. Bolden. We have the right to live and a right to breathe. It’s ridiculous. They can say it’s not affecting nobody, but we're living proof that's a lie."

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