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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Cleanup of Bayou Verdine began Monday, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency reports that the removal action has been slated in accordance with a Federal Consent Decree signed by EPA and the  responsible parties, Phillips 66 and Sasol North America, in 2011.

"The Removal Action Work Plan for the cleanup of Bayou Verdine was approved by EPA in December 2011. Bayou sediments have been impacted by industrial wastes such as Polynuclear Aromatic  Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals. These chemicals are not present in concentrations that pose a threat to human health," a news release from the EPA states.

Phillips 66 and Sasol North America have selected Conestoga Rovers and Associates (CRA) of Baton Rouge as the lead contractor to perform the removal action of sediments from the bayou.

The first phase of the removal action work will reportedly consist of constructing a lined impoundment inside of the Phillips 66 refinery to accept the sediments from the bayou. Next, sediments will be dredged from Bayou Verdine and placed in the impoundment, then dewatered and the clean water discharged back into Bayou Verdine.

At the end of the removal action, the impoundment will have a soil cover placed over the top of the sediments after dewatering is complete, officials say.

Work on the sediment removal phase of the project is expected to continue through 2013.

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