The Thermaldyne industrial recycling facility near Port Allen has opened for business despite several ongoing legal challenges.
The company began advertising job openings in The Advocate over the weekend and told the paper it began operations last week and will start processing sludge in the coming week.
Environmentalists and another recycling company have filed for a court stay and temporary restraining order to halt operations at Thermaldyne, but judges have yet to rule on either.
The lawsuits are directed more toward the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The agency’s press secretary, Greg Langley, on Tuesday declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.