DEQ: high levels of sulfur dioxide in Chalmette

Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality confirms it found high levels of sulfur dioxide around Chalmette on the night of January 10th. That was the night residents began to smell a nasty odor.

The DEQ tells FOX 8 the sulfur dioxide levels exceeded the one hour standard for emissions from refineries.

At the time, the Rain CII plant officials denied putting out any emissions that would have caused the odor.

Now, the DEQ has issued administrative orders for both rain CII and Chalmette Refinery which allows DEQ to look at their sulfur dioxide inventory to better understand where the excess emissions originated.