So far the Solthaven chemical terminal in Braithwaite, LA, is facing a fine of $12,189 because it did not notify authorities fast enough about chemical releases after Hurricane Isaac hit.
On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued the fine against Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, which operates the chemical terminal along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.
DEQ says the chemicals – 1-octene and ethyl acrylate – leaked out on Aug. 30 but the company told DEQ about it on Sept. 1. A company needs to alert authorities within one hour of a release.
DEQ says more fines may be issued against Stolthaven.
Cleanup continues at the facility. The company has reported thousands of gallons of chemicals leaked from tanks damaged by storm surge.
Air monitoring immediately after Hurricane Isaac showed levels of a toxic chemical high enough to require use of a respirator on a levee just outside the petroleum and chemical storage and transfer terminal.