Mon., December 9, 2013 4:42pm (EST)

Savannah Residents Want Answers About Mysterious Dust
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 4 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Savannah City Hall is pictured.  (photo Ken Lund)
Savannah City Hall is pictured. (photo Ken Lund)
No one knows what's causing a mysterious white dust to cover a Savannah neighborhood.

State officials are trying to figure out what the dust might be.

Residents in an East Savannah neighborhood started complaining about the dust a few months ago.

The area is near a BASF plant that makes catalytic products for oil refining.

An engineer from the Environmental Protection Division inspected the plant and didn't find any violations.

Company spokeswoman Donna Jakubowski says the company tested the dust and determined it wasn't coming from the factory. She said it appeared to be dust like you'd find in any road.

"That's one of the things that we kind of supposed was the cause of some of it because we found out that some of the material was found on the neighbors car right after a streetsweeper had come by," Jakubowski says. "We would like to go ahead and do some additional testing at some point because we would like to get to the bottom of it as well. You know, a lot of people are pointing their fingers at BASF and we don't believe that we're the cause."

EPD officials say there's no reason to suspect the dust is hazardous.

But the agency has not tested the dust for itself.