Residents in Saint James Parish and outside environmental groups are calling for the closure of a fertilizer plant south of Baton Rouge. The Sierra Club says its a world-class disaster waiting to happen.
Aerial photos taken by activists that were posted to Facebook show the massive scale of the gypsum mountain and 140-acre lake of wastewater atop it. If you look closely you can see an earth-moving machine toward the center of the photo.
The mountain is 200 feet high and has been shifting about half an inch a day, forcing mosaic fertilizer into a frantic 24-hour operation moving in dirt to stabilize the mountain.
State officials and environmentalists fear the mountain could give way and release 700 million gallons of acidic wastewater into nearby wetlands and waterways.