La. Shrimp Plant Reopens After Odor Complaints

An Independence, La., shrimp processing plant shut down last week because of odor complaints reopened Tuesday after the company struck an agreement with town officials.

Randy Pearce, owner of DoRan Sea-Pak, told The Advocate that his water and sewer service was restored and his plant is up and running again.

Last week, Mayor Michael Ragusa cut off services to the plant, which peels, freezes and packages raw shrimp. Doing so effectively shut down a private business that employs 50 people.

Pearce and Ragusa agreed to a tight timeline to install a pre-treatment system and take other steps to eliminate a smell that bothered nearby residents. Town officials said the facility’s wastewater was overloading the town sewage treatment plant and causing a foul odor.


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