The main company that reportedly left a barrel full of Ebola waste outside for hours has no experience cleaning the hazardous material, Gotnews.com has learned.
OMI Environmental Solutions, a Louisiana-based community, was also sued for negligence just last month in a shipping accident.
The company, which was formerly Oil Mop, LLC, was hired to clean up the infamous BP oil spill in April 2010. The left-wing website Think Progress profiled the company as part of BP’s “contractor army” during the spill.
OMI’s website lists nothing about Ebola clean up.
“A man in a Dodge truck from Louisiana with the name ‘OMI Environmental Solutions’ in the side arrived about 9 a.m.,” The Washington Post reported today.
The crew worked alongside Protect Environmental.
— Jeff Smith (@JeffSmithNBC5) October 13, 2014
OMI Environmental Solutions was formerly Oil Mop, LLC.
Oil Mop, LLC is now OMI Environmental Solutions http://t.co/kp7LO9DA
— GBRIA (@GBRIA) June 13, 2012
There’s some controversy surrounding the change. According to the Dallas Business Journal (October 13, 2014)
“No one had answers for us,” said Erick McCallum, owner of CG Environmental, on why his company was replaced. “This isn’t a job for just anybody. I’ve been doing this a long time, and it has to be done right.”
McCallum said he knows some city officials, including the mayor, are unhappy with the swap.
“Many people with the city of Dallas are not behind the decision of the change,” he said, speculating that financial or political factors could have played into the switch.
GotNews.com has also exclusively reported that Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas stopped Ebola waste from Dallas from going through his state.
OMI Environmental Solutions did not return requests for comment.