Tegan Wendland

Tegan Wendland is a freelance producer with a background in investigative news reporting. She currently produces the biweekly segment, Northshore Focus. 


When Hurricane Laura made landfall on Aug. 27, it tore first through Cameron and Holly Beach — tiny coastal towns all too familiar with the decimation brought by hurricanes.

Inspection reports and other assessments for petrochemical plants and industrial facilities caught in Hurricane Laura’s path show roughly a one-third suffered some type of damage, as some environmental advocates urge the state to aggressively monitor pollution levels and share more information with the public.

The Environmental Protection Agency said none of the chemical and oil spills in Texas caused by Hurricane Laura are emitting dangerous levels of chemicals. Reports are not yet in for facilities in Louisiana.

A fire at BioLab Inc. chlorine plant in Westlake, La., caused by damage from Hurricane Laura was extinguished Saturday, and officials continue to assess the damage.

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A fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake, near Lake Charles, continues to smolder Friday after Hurricane Laura tore through the area.

Translation by Luis Rodrigálvarez

Una planta química en Westlake, La., que se incendió durante el paso del huracán Laura, continúa ardiendo el jueves por la tarde.

Updated at 9:26 p.m. ET

A chemical plant in Westlake, La., that caught fire during Hurricane Laura is still burning Thursday evening.

The facility, BioLab Inc., makes chlorine for swimming pools. Officials are unsure exactly when the fire started, but Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Press Secretary Greg Langley said his agency was informed of the fire around 9 a.m. local time.

A chemical plant in Westlake, La., that caught fire during Hurricane Laura is still burning Thursday evening.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has unveiled a plan to make the state carbon-neutral by 2050.

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