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By Brent LedetCONNECT
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) –
A 19th JDC judge has signed Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s request for a temporary restraining order against Veolia Environmental Services in TX & Chemical Waste Management in Lake Charles, La.

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LA Landfill officials say they will not accept Ebola ashes

Officials at Chemical Waste Management’s Lake Charles Facility say they will not accept ashes of the Ebola victim’s possessions- at least not right now.

Recent news reports said the ashes of Thomas Eric Duncan’s possessions were to be buried at a Louisiana landfill. Thomas was the first man to die of Ebola in the United States. Six truckloads of his contaminated possessions were incinerated in Port Arthur, Texas. Those ashes were suppose to be making their way to a landfill in Carlyss, Louisiana.

In a statement Waste Management officials said “While the CWM-LC facility is permitted by the state and federal government to accept waste of this type, and while accepting this waste poses no threat to the environment or human health, we do not want to make an already complicated situation, more complicated.”

“We are in contact and working with all the appropriate Louisiana state officials and certainly want these officials to agree that any acceptance of this ash at our Lake Charles facility is safe prior to its acceptance. We appreciate the concerns of all parties involved in this issue, as well as the responsiveness and flexibility of Veolia.”

This comes on the heels of Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s efforts to get a restraining order to block the ashes from being buried in Louisiana.

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Before Noon Monday, Chemical Waste Management’s Marc Ehrhardt said they had “no current plans to accept ash resulting from the process to incinerate some decontaminated belongings from an Ebola patient’s apartment located in Dallas, TX.”

The Lake Charles landfill was to take in six truckloads of items from Ebola patient Thomas Duncan’s apartment that were incinerated at the Veolia facility in Port Arthur, TX, but after Caldwell said Sunday he would look to keep the Ebola waste out of Louisiana, Ehrhardt said they would no longer take the ashes.

“We are in contact and working with all the appropriate Louisiana state officials and certainly want these officials to agree that any acceptance of this ash at our Lake Charles facility is safe prior to its acceptance. We appreciate the concerns of all parties involved in this issue, as well as the responsiveness and flexibility of Veolia,” said Ehrhardt.

A hearing date on the temporary restraining order is set for Oct. 22.

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