DEQ closes down carwash after nearby creek turns red

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 8:17pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — An area car wash is shut down today after the DEQ looks into reports of a nearby creek turning red.

Ward's Creek off of Essen Lane has become red today.

The DEQ says they've gotten several complaints from people in the area.

While they're still investigating, Benny's Car Wash says they use a red dye at their facility. The owner of Benny's tells NBC33 News they've stopped using that for the time being.

“Right now, we haven’t seen any dead fish or any dead birds, so environmentally, it hasn't escalated to that point”, stated Rodney Mallett with the DEQ. “It’s still of concern and something that must be addressed, and that's why we have water scientists working on it right now.”

“We do add a little bit of red dye so the kids see a nice pretty color of soap - we have red, yellow, and green,” said Benny’s owner Justin Alford. “We've temporarily suspended the use of all these products, and we're going to have our tanks cleaned.”

Benny's wasn't allowed to open today to customers; they say all their products are biodegradable and EPA certified.

The red tint was coming from a discharge pipe that should only have rainwater come out of it.
 

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