The Louisiana attorney general said Sunday he will take legal action to stop the incinerated personal belongings of a Dallas Ebola victim from being disposed of in a landfill in Calcasieu Parish.
Buddy Caldwell said he plans to ask for a temporary restraining order on Monday morning preventing any of the wastes from entering Louisiana, the Attorney General’s Office said in a release.
“The health and safety of our Louisiana citizens is our top priority,” Caldwell said in a news release. “There are too many unknowns at this point, and it is absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines.”
The waste will not consist of the belongings themselves, but rather the incinerated remains of six truckloads of items that could have been contaminated by Thomas Duncan when he fell sick, according to the release.
Duncan died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital.
The belongings were taken to an incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas, and destroyed Friday. Some of the items included carpets and linens.
From there, the remaining material were slated for transport to a landfill in Calcasieu Parish, which has not been named.
Officials have said that Duncan’s body was cremated, but further information has not been released.
A crew of 15 people spent four days hauling 140 barrels of material out of the apartment, the Associated Press reported. The materials included the mattress and sheets that Duncan slept on, as well as all of the carpet in the apartment.
No more details were available Sunday evening.