Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is attempting to block the burial of burned items taken from the apartment of deceased Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan. The items were to be buried on Louisiana property, according to a spokesperson from Caldwell's office.
Six truckloads of material, potentially contaminated with Ebola, were taken from the apartment to Port Arthur, Texas on Friday. The items will go through the process of being burned at the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator. The burned items will then be brought to a hazardous waste landfill in Louisiana.
Caldwell expressed his opposition stating, "We certainly share sadness and compassion for those who have lost their lives and loved ones to this terrible virus, but the health and safety of our Louisiana citizens is our top priority. There are too many unknowns at this point, and it is absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines. This situation is certainly unprecedented and we want to approach it with the utmost caution. We just can't afford to take any risks when it comes to this deadly virus."
Caldwell's office is finalizing the temporary restraining order application and is expecting it to be completed and filed by Monday morning. His office is also sending a letter to state and federal officials in Texas, in addition to, private contractors involved in the process, looking for more information as to how the waste will be handled. The Attorney General's office is also speaking with Louisiana health and environment agencies involved.
More information will be released as soon as it becomes available.