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Braithwaite neighbors speak out after report shows potential massive chemical spill | WWLTV


As he looks over the destruction of his own home, Jesse Schaffer remembers the harrowing days after Hurricane Isaac, when he rescued dozens of people by boat in the Braithwaite area.
And he can't forget what he experienced when he passed the Stolthaven storage facility.

Company officials said at least three tanks leaked during Isaac. Two contained base oil. The third contained a chemical called octene, said Steve Turchi, regional director for Stolthaven Terminals. Turchi said 218 metric tons of the substance leaked. In addition, more than 140 rail cars went off the tracks, 80 of which carried hazardous materials. By Thursday, 132 of the cars had been placed back on the rails.


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