The effort to develop an RV park in St. Martinville, La., received a boost recently when when the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality agreed to provide up to $1 million for a site cleanup effort, according to The Advocate of Baton Rouge.
St. Martinville officials are leading the RV park development effort and have searched for a suitable site for five years, the newspaper reported.
The site they have selected consists of six acres along Bayou Teche, near the center of St. Martinville.
The property had four underground diesel and gasoline storage tanks, ranging from 1,000 to 8,000 gallons, and at least two of them leaked, creating environmental problems.
Although the state agreed to allocate up to $1 million for the effort, the cleanup contractor does not believe the full amount will be needed, according to The Advocate.
Town officials want a 65-space RV park developed on the land. They anticipate getting approval for construction “within a few months,” after soil and ground-water tests show the residue from the fuels has been removed, the newspaper reported.