GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - The air in Ascension Parish is now clearer all thanks to a person who saw something was wrong and chose to take action.
Several people in a Ascension Parish neighborhood have been complaining about what they call very foul air from someone burning something nearby.
"That's really all I wanted was just to breathe some clean air. You know, it was horrible," the neighbor said.
One of the neighbors, who did not want to be identified on camera, said he called the sheriff's office repeatedly and eventually, on his own, traced the smoke back to a company along Babin Road called PAX.
"It took three other times for a policeman and finally got the fire department to come put it out," he said.
Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality checked out PAX's property and, according to a report, did indeed find two areas of concern. Pictures were included in the report, which said it appears the company was burning creosote railroad ties, That could violate environmental regulations and state law.
Burning creosote railroad ties is considered dangerous and harmful to people and the environment.
PAX representatives said they have now corrected the issue and have removed all the railroad ties and disposed of them in an approved landfill disposal dumpsters. The company said they have also properly cleared the site. The neighbor was happy with the result.
"All I wanted was to breathe some clean-air you know it wasn't just me it was other neighbors. I'm the only one that really kind of came forward with y'all, I notified y'all because I was really frustrated with the waiting time," the neighbor said.
DEQ said the investigation is ongoing and the company could end up facing fines and penalties.