LAFAYETTE — Cleanup at the site of the June 14 chemical fire at Multi-Chem in New Iberia is complete and now examination of the subsurface areas begins, according to a statement released by the company Tuesday.
The “gross cleanup of the facility, including removal of all affected soil, concrete, and structures” has concluded, the release stated.
The West Admiral Doyle business supplies chemicals to the oil industry.
The chemical fire burned nearly 24 hours before it was deemed safe for hazardous-material firefighters to extinguish it.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, confirmed Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has maintained its monitoring presence on the site, and containment ditches used to capture run-off from the incident have been cleared and verified free of contaminants, stated Rodney Mallett, a DEQ spokesman in an email response.
The response now moves from an “emergency response phase” into a “remediation phase,” Mallett stated.
Multi-Chem stated that it will work with the DEQ to develop a “comprehensive plan to analyze the effects, if any, of the incident of the subsurface.”
About 20 people work at the site, which includes a chemical storage facility, blending plant and office building.
No one was injured in the incident.
On Wednesday, Iberia Parish Public Works reopened a section of West Admiral Doyle Drive between Vortex Road and Fox Road near the site.
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