Louisiana may soon have a new Superfund site.
Superfund locations are areas that are so contaminated they require federal intervention to clean up. Louisiana currently has 27 such sites, including Devil's Swamp in East Baton Rouge, which is contaminated with Polychlorinated Biphenyls.
In Devil's Swamp, even the crawfish are poisonous.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed adding a site near DeRidder in Beauregard Parish to the Superfund list. The area was once used to treat timber with creosote preservatives.
Creosote, which is also used as a pesticide, has been linked to skin blistering, eye burning, stomach pains, and damage to the liver and kidneys, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
"Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is extremely happy to partner with EPA as sites are added to the NPL for cleanup. The site in Deridder is just one of many that need immediate attention," Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown said in a statement.