To Whom it May Concern,
We wanted to reach out to you and see if you could help our situation here in Ascension parish. It involves the local landfill that started off as a residential waste site but has turned into an industrial waste facility and created extreme odors on Hwy. 70, where the site is located, as well as, odors reaching up to 2/3 miles away. We have been reporting complaints for about 1 ½ years now.
In my area, over 2 miles from the site, we have already reported at the very least, 13 different times in January, five of which were to Hazmat. We’ve requested air monitoring for months and neither BFI or DEQ have put any in place, even though the parish was willing to assist with costs. We have experienced burning and watering eyes, burning nose and throat, coughing, nausea, headache, dizziness. This facility has been cited 7 times for exceeding the odor threshold for H2S. This smell has gotten into our homes, our vehicles, and has woken us up while sleeping.
The quality of our lives has been greatly affected by this BFI dump site and we have some serious health concerns. Did you know, located less than 1 mile from the site is a school of 580 children. This site is also located in the flood plain, not to mention Louisiana wetlands. Now, they are requesting for a permit to expand, in addition to the 287 acres, they want to be able to stack waste 187 feet high and accept another Type 2 industrial waste products! We can only imagine how the smell would affect us then. We need more attention to our cause.
The future of our lives in Ascension parish depends on DEQ’s decision. We desperately need them to deny this expansion of the BFI Republic Service Colonial dump. To voice our objections to DEQ. Please reference: AI number 4803, Permit Number P-0021-R2, and Activity Number PER20160001.