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Sep 25, 2013 9:05 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Pollution from fire making residents sick

About a dozen Slaughter residents allege respiratory problems and diminished property values in a lawsuit filed in the wake of the Nov. 19 blaze that destroyed the Monolyte Laboratories Inc. chemical facility.
The suit, filed Tuesday in state District Court in Baton Rouge, seeks an unspecified amount of damages from Monolyte and several other companies.
Monolyte made a product used by wastewater treatment facilities and oilfield sites to help clarify water that has been discharged.
The newspaper reports the company, which could not be reached for comment Tuesday, hired an environmental contractor to handle the cleanup.
Slaughter Police Chief Walter Smith has said there were no hazardous chemicals on the site.

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