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Slaughter residents concerned about chemical lab cleanup

SLAUGHTER, LA (WAFB) -

Nearly one month after Monolyte Labs in the town of Slaughter burned to the ground, emotions relating to the company's clean up of the accident were still red-hot Tuesday night.

"What caused the fire and what could you have done ahead of the game for it not to have occurred for one?" asked one resident.

Officials from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality were on hand for a public forum addressing Monolyte's continued efforts cleaning up various chemicals that were deposited near the facility after the fire, namely a compound called Acrilamyde. But residents were assured the health risks associated with the chemical are minimal.

"This is not a compound that bio-accumulates, it's not going to stay there, it's not going to be ingested in tissue or fish or animals. We are going to get as much of it removed as can be removed and the residual is going to break down," said DEQ Administrator of Inspections Tom Killeen.

Mayor Robert Jackson also took part in the question and answer forum with DEQ and representatives from Monolyte, adding keeping the public updated is his main priority.

"We are going to lose a good business and jobs in town and I hate it for them but after the fact it's time for us to do our thing and my main concern is for our citizens," said Jackson.

Citizens are still looking for answers and a company, which the owner says is beyond repair.

"I've lost my business, my business is gone."

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