West Side Journal Weekly Review: Port Allen Thermaldyne plant and Easter weekend fun

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This week Thermaldyne, an oil recycling facility, officially began operations at its Port Allen plant.

The facility announced its plans to build on the West Side in 2015 which was met with excitement from local leaders.

When Thermaldyne filed for its final environmental permit at the end of 2018, the company’s request for a feedstock variance was met with heavy opposition and a lawsuit from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN).

Local leaders, including Parish President Riley “PeeWee” Berthelot and Parish Councilman Barry Hugghins, remained supportive of the company’s operations, assuring the public it met all environmental standards.

The company got all required permits from DEQ and the EPA and its first indirect thermal desorption facility opened on Monday, April 15.

To learn more about Thermaldyne, click here.

The West Side has a lot of Easter fun coming up this weekend.

If you missed the West Baton Rouge Museum and Library’s annual Egg-stravaganza last week, no need to worry.

There are about five egg hunts this weekend, starting today at noon.

Check out our community calendar for dates and times.

Send photos of your Easter fun to Editor@thewestsidejournal.com 

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The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help identifying a suspect who robbed the Minnow’s Chevron on Lobdell Hwy. Sunday, April 14 around 11:20 p.m.

Lacy Behl, a STEM teacher at Chamberlin Elementary School received the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teaching Association on Friday, April 12.


The Brusly High Lady Panthers earned a 5-0 win over St. James in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs at My-U Field in Brusly. Brusly travels to take on No. 8 South Beauregard on Saturday.

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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