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Nov 7, 2011 7:24 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Acadiana Companies Make EPA Watch List

A new report says twenty nine Louisiana companies could be violating environmental protection agency regulations. It's the first time the EPA Watch List has been made public and some Acadiana companies have landed on the list.

The three companies are Dynamic Industries, a fabrication facility in New Iberia, M. A. Patout & Sons Inc., a sugar cane mill in Jeanerette, and crude oil refinery -Alon Refining in Krotz Springs.

An EPA spokesperson said, some of the reasons the companies are on the list is because there's been some type of discussion with state and local agencies about issues dealing with these companies.

The details of why each company made the list have not been released, but EPA officials said the list varies from chronic offenders to companies that may have a less serious issue pending in the court system.

EPA officials said sometimes there's information that may warrant an investigation and so the state than places the facility on the watch list."

Many residents who live near M. A. Patout said they were surprised the company was on the list because they've seen big improvements over the years.

Resident Buteau said, "Years ago we used to have a little soot that would fall on your vehicles, but it's never caused any health problems. "

He works and lives near the factory and said the mill has never caused him any kind of worry.
He said, "I didn't know they had any kind of problem. It doesn't seem like they do."

John King , the attorney for M.A. Patout, said he's never even heard about the company being on a list like this until today. He said the company has a good compliance record.

Alon representative, Blake Lewis, said the company has an assertive and effective compliance program.

He said, "when an emission exceeds allowable levels, the refinery follows identified remediation protocols until the cause is identified and corrected, and reports the situation to all required agencies."

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