DET. SANDRA BROOKS
CHEMICAL SPILL NON-HAZARDOUS
On Friday, April 12, 2002 shortly after 4:00 PM, theThibodaux Police Department received a call from a local business owner (in theproximity of St. Patrick Hwy and Hwy 308) advising that some type of fertilizerhad been spilled from a truck and onto the road.
Thibodaux Police Officers immediately responded to thescene to cordon off the area and to take the necessary precautionary measuresuntil determining what type of chemical had been spilled.
Thibodaux Police Chief Craig Melancon, Thibodaux VolunteerFire Departmentís Fire Chief Mike Naquin and Greg Serigny, a coordinator ofthe Lafourche Parish OEP also responded to assess the scene. The Department ofAgriculture was also involved It was quickly determined that the chemical was anon-hazardous material.
It was discovered that a valve from a delivery truck of anindependent owner, separated and caused the fertilizer to spill. It was reportedthat the truck had already dumped itís load to local farmers and had a minimalamount of fertilizer left in itís non-hazardous carrier. As a result of this spill, traffic in that area was shut down for nearlythree hours. There were noresidential properties near the spill, however, local business owners were puton alert until clean up was completed. The clean up process was completed by theThibodaux Volunteer Fire Department, where the roadway was washed clean and theroad were re-opened.