Cleanup of the impoundment basin at the
Hercules Plant in Hattiesburg continues.
It started a few days after Hercules and
parent company Ashland answered a lawsuit filed against both alleging pollution
in nearby neighborhoods.
Sludge cleanup began Thursday, following the answers
to the lawsuit on Dec. 3. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
says the Basin, part of the facility's wastewater-processing system, contains
about 4,700 cubic yards of sludge.
MDEQ is requiring sludge removal because the
sludge in the basin contains toxic chemicals such as benzene and hydrogen sulfide.
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