On 03 August 2015, at approximately 0900, Gretna Plating and Polishing Company experienced a fire at its facility in Gretna, Louisiana. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire at approximately 1200. The owner of the facility confirmed that an unknown amount of chromium and nickle plating solutions may have been lost during the fire. Due to the large amount of firefighting water used to extinguish the fire, an unknown amount of potentially contaminated water was released on property surrounding the facility as well to a nearby drainage ditch located in front of the building. The fire department used sandbags to berm off the drainage ditches to prevent any further impact into neighboring residential properties.
On 04 August 2015, the EPA OSC, USCG, LDEQ, LA State Police, and Jefferson Parish Fire Department HAZMAT met to coordinate site response actions.
EPA is providing the FOSC and is directing reponse operations at the facility. Assessment teams are conducting sampling activities on impacted properties surrounding the site to determine if off-site contamination exists.