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Carwash forced to close after creek turns this color

January 31, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, LA — A popular carwash here was forced to close for the day after a nearby creek turned red, an NBC33 story reported.

The Jan. 30 story said the DEQ was investigating the incident and whether Benny’s Car Wash played a role in the matter.

“Right now, we haven’t seen any dead fish or any dead birds, so environmentally, it hasn’t escalated to that point,” Rodney Mallett of the DEQ said in the story. “It’s still of concern and something that must be addressed, and that’s why we have water scientists working on it right now.”

Carwash Owner Justin Alford said they had added dye to the soap so that the kids could see the soaps in different colors. But, he said they hadn’t used the dye in a while. He said they are also having all of their tanks cleaned. Alford also noted that the carwash only uses bio-degradable and EPA-approved products.

See video of the creek here.