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Louisiana Fighting To Block Cremated Remains Of Ebola Victim's Belongings From Landfill

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Louisiana wants to stop the incinerated belongings of the Texas Ebola victim from being placed in a Calcasieu Parish landfill.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will ask for a temporary restraining order today blocking the plan.

Caldwell said in a news release that “there are too many unknowns.” He says it is “absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines."

The Advocate reports the dispute centers on six truckloads of items possibly contaminated by Thomas Duncan when he fell sick.

He died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital.

Duncan’s belongings were taken to an incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas, and destroyed Friday. Some of the items included carpets and linens.

The remaining materials were slated for transport to a landfill in Calcasieu Parish, which has not been named.

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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