Judge Temporarily Blocks Disposal of Tainted Ash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has signed an order temporarily blocking the disposal in southwest Louisiana of ash from the incineration of a Texas Ebola victim's belongings.

         Attorney General Buddy Caldwell had sought the order. Caldwell's office said state district Judge Robert Downing of Baton Rouge signed it Monday afternoon.

         Linen, bedding and carpet taken from the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan first got sick were destroyed Friday at the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas.

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         The ash was to be sent to a Calcasieu Parish facility run by Chemical Waste Management Inc. of Lake Charles. However, Chemical Waste Management said Monday that it would not accept the ash until state officials agree that doing so would pose no public health threat.

         – by AP Reporter Kevin McGill  

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