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Neighbors Say LA Proteins Stinks... Again

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Businesses in one area of Shreveport say, it stinks, and they're getting tired of it. You may remember the issues with Louisiana Proteins a few years ago. Now, people in the area say, they're afraid the company is back at it. Nearby business owners say they haven't had a problem with Louisiana Proteins in years. But for the last week or two, it stinks all over again, and they say they can't let history repeat itself.

Jerry Thomas owns T and M Fence Company. His business is just across the street from Louisiana Proteins also known as Riegal By-Products. He says you can smell the odor early in the morning until about noon. He said, it's so bad he's afraid it'll affect his business. "We can't eat or drink any water or anything because the odor's so bad. If someone comes out here, they aren't going to want to get out of their cars, they're going to keep going and not want to come in so... it hurts pretty bad. Smells like something is dead and been dead for 3 or 4 weeks or something." Thomas says, Louisiana Products is his neighbor so he gave them a call to find out what's going on. "It's happened real bad once before, and then they got it under control... but now it's breaking back out.

Troy Armstrong is the General Manager for Riegel By-Products. He said, they received a complaint Wednesday and worked to get the situation, and smell under control. "Had we been hearing the complaints before, we would have certainly addressed it as soon as possible. I did turn up the bleach in the air scrubbing system and we run it a little bit longer now to adjust to the temperatures." Armstrong says they're doing what they can to make sure they're good neighbors. "To anyone out there that has a complaint, we are truly sorry about that and we want everyone to know we are addressing the situation."

We spoke with environmental officials who say, the odor coming from Louisiana Proteins and Riegal By-Products is not a health issue and they haven't received a complaint regarding the company this year. Jerry Thomas says, he'll give the company some time to adjust and correct the stinch but hopes they do it quickly.

Louisiana Proteins and Riegal By-Products work together to recycle fats, bone and the grease of meats. Their main end product becomes dog food. Here's a quick timeline of events regarding Louisiana Proteins. In October 2007, the company was forced to shut down for exceeding a permit. In March of 2008, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover asked a judge to shut down Louisiana Proteins permanently. Also in March of 2008, Louisiana Proteins filed a lawsuit in federal court naming the city, the mayor and council saying their civil rights were violated. Also in September of that same year, once reopened Louisiana Proteins was given permission to increase production.

 

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