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EPA and DEQ declare Shell chemical site in Norco cleaned up and ready for reuse

  • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • First Posted: December 07, 2011 – 6:08 pm

NORCO, La. — State and federal officials say a Shell Chemical LP industrial site in Norco has been cleaned of contamination and can be redeveloped.

On Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared the chemical plant “ready for reuse.” The site covers about 103 acres and lies on the east bank of the Mississippi River near Norco.

The Norco Chemical Plant was constructed in 1954 to manufacture organic and inorganic chemicals. Officials say the property has been cleaned up and does not pose a risk to human health or the environment.

EPA Associate Director Susan Spalding said turning contaminated properties back into commercial or industrial uses “clears the way so that businesses can make the most of future opportunities.”

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