Three months later, Monolyte Lab cleanup underway; residents still upset

POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:30pm

“It’s not a good smell, it’s a pungent thing not so much hazardous just pungent,” says Slaughter Police Chief Walter Smith.

That smell is coming from the former Monolyte Lab in Slaughter. And people who live nearby said they are ready for the whole mess to be over and all the roads to finally reopen.

It's been three months since Slaughter resident, Jennifer Sterohpaul has been dealing with the smell, as well as a closed road right next to her house.

“Smells like something's dead and rotting," she said. “Those throughways I guess you really don't realize how important that is until you don't have it."

And Sterohpaul says she’s waited long enough.

"It's such a tight community here, I feel like we have given them time to take care of whatever it is."

But although she wishes the cleanup of what’s left of the Monolyte Lab explosion would speed up, she knows there were some things out of their control.

"We can see people working but of course you can really blame them for ho much rain we've had," notes Sterohpaul.

And Slaughter Police Chief Walter Smith says he’s even ready for all of this to end.

"Obviously, they want to know what he progress is when the road will be open primarily, when all this will be cleaned up which frankly all of us want to know that it’s not in our hands to decide it," he says.

But he knows they are doing what they can to get the job done.

"Well DEQ is working on it a company called Clean Harbors is starting to move some contaminates out of the containers and out of here so were moving in the right direction," notes Chief Smith.

DEQ is still working to make sure there's nothing in the air or the water. There's no word on when final test results will come in.

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