OEP: no danger from Westlake plant release

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - At around 10:30 Saturday morning an alarm sounded the BioLab Incorporated Chemtura plant in Westlake due to a product decomposition.

Plant manager, Robert Gelinas told 7News the plant has not been in operation for the past 10 days for preventative maintenance so there is no danger or threat of chemicals being released into the air.

The BioLab plant is responsible for making the product that people use to clean their pools.  According to Gelinas, that product was decomposing on the ground floor, causing smoke to rise and be emitted from the plant. He reassures there is no eminent danger from the decomposition.

The Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness is also on site to monitor the progression of the decomposition's containment.

KPLC editor's note: Officials say there is no danger to the public, no shelter-in-place called for.

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