What is JP doing about the stench in Harahan/River Ridge?

News conference today

Jim Hanzo
July 23, 2018 - 7:27 am

Jefferson Parish will address the mysterious odor that may be coming from a landfill on the Westbank in a news conference scheduled for today.  

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Members of the Department of Environmental Quality and State Department of Health will be there to address concerns from the odor; what they know and what they plan to do about it.  Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni is also concerned.

"This has been going on for several months now and this is a quality of life issue that we believe certainly needs to be addressed," Yenni said.

Yenni says a strike force has been put in place to monitor where the smells are coming from.

"We have been monitoring a Facebook page, put out by members of Harahan and River Ridge that they are reporting when these smells come out," said Yenni.

 DEQ reports that the odors coming from the landfill doesn't seem to be hazardous to anyone's health, although there have been reports of people having watery eyes, nosebleed and nausea.

The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. 

Jefferson Parish COO Keith Conley released the following:

The parish administration has identified a source that is leading to reports of odors being reported in the Harahan and River Ridge area.  The administration has already begun addressing the issue by directing the landfill management company to immediately stop accepting all liquid industrial waste.  The administration is also in the process of enacting other immediate corrective actions that will be announced on Monday. 

The media conference to announce all plans to rid the parish of the lingering smells emanating from the landfill will now be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Paul Connick Sr. Emergency Operations and Communications Center located in Gretna, LA. The parish hopes to have both Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Louisiana Department of Health officials present to answer media questions.

The news conference had been planned for last week, but was rescheduled for today after local leaders said they wanted state officials to also be on hand.

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