September 14, 2012
Contact: Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, (504) 452-4909
Fred Schwarz, Organic citrus farmer, (504) 289-4633
(New Orleans) A report from Stolthaven to the Louisiana Department of Environmental (DEQ)Quality confirms that chemicals were released from the tanks, though the amount is unknown given the mixed messages from the company. The report confirms what is obvious from aerial pictures of the facility. The report is available at: http://www.labucketbrigade.
Stolthaven officials have claimed that a report filed to the National Response Center on September 12th was filed in error, and only represented the company’s worst case scenario. “I am skeptical of this excuse,” said Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “Even an amateur manager knows that these reports include what actually happened, not worst case scenarios.” Stolthaven officials have given confusing and conflicting statements in written reports and during an interview with Chris Miller on WWL radio.
What has not been disputed is the company’s failure to prepare for Hurricane Isaac. The tanks that were damaged were likely in shoddy condition before the storm; Stolthaven may have failed to follow hurricane preparedness guidelines in preparing the tanks.