A bulk liquid terminal operator has been granted permission to construct several new storage tanks at a chemical storage facility in Westwego, Louisiana, after the City Council lifted a moratorium blocking the construction.
Blackwater New Orleans received a special use permit from the council to build three 50,000-gallon tanks at its storage complex near River Road in Westwego.
The council had to lift a 90-day moratorium established in August to grant the permit. The permit requires the company to notify the council if it changes the chemicals stored in the proposed tanks.
Recently, Blackwater signed a five-year, $8 million (5.3 million) lease to store sodium hydroxide solution in the three tanks.
Westwego building inspector Leslie Lombas recommended approval of the tanks, noting that the foundations for the tanks are more than adequate, which was a question raised by concerned neighbors and officials.
Blackwater is constructing new tanks on the existing foundations left behind when the company tore down dilapidated storage tanks earlier this year.