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DEQ, industries ink agreement for ‘remedial action’ for Bayou d’Inde

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The protection and restoration of another local waterway is a priority of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

The state DEQ on Wednesday signed a cooperative agreement for what it calls "remedial action" involving Bayou d'Inde in the Calcasieu estuary.

Axiall, Citgo, Occidental Chemical Corporation and OXY USA Inc. all signed on to participate as well.

The agreement will help restore the bayou and make sure the environment is safer to the public, officials said.

"This Cooperative Agreement begins the process of remediating the bayou and restoring it to productive use," said Tom Harris, Administrator of DEQ's Underground Storage Tank and Remediation Division. "Protecting and improving this estuary is a cooperative effort between DEQ, EPA and industry to ensure the environment is safer for the citizens of Louisiana."

Bayou d'Inde is more than nine miles long in the northern portion of the Calcasieu estuary, just west of Lake Charles.

More on the estuary HERE.

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