Environment

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‘They’re so weary’: Louisiana teachers recover from back-to-back hurricanes during the pandemic

BY: - December 29, 2020

This story was originally published in Southerly magazine with The Hechinger Report. It is second in a three-part series supported by the Pulitzer Center about how southwest Louisiana is recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta amid the pandemic. Read the first story here.   Every weekday morning, Dr. Lisa Morgan wakes up at 3:45 a.m. at […]

After losing home, Lake Charles family keeps their sprits bright during Christmastime

BY: - December 24, 2020

Even though Skyla Thomas and her kids have had to move three times this year, it hasn’t stopped her kids from being kids. “We try to make it as fun as we can. We gotta keep these kids motivated, happy,” Thomas said in a phone interview with The Illuminator, as her laughing and screaming three-year […]

After criminal charges against them are dropped, prominent Louisiana environmentalists vow to keep fighting chemical plants

BY: - December 21, 2020

Louisiana environmentalist Anne Rolfes said Monday that she’ll continue to push for a moratorium to stop more petrochemical plants from building along the Mississippi River after avoiding terrorizing charges for delivering plastic pollution to an industry lobbyist’s Baton Rouge home last year. On Friday, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office announced it would not […]

Biden picks Michigan’s Granholm for Energy, North Carolina’s Regan for EPA and New Mexico’s Haaland for Interior

BY: - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The selections were announced as part of the incoming […]

Gov. Edwards creates new environmental task force to study Atchafalaya Basin

BY: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed an executive order creating the Atchafalaya River Basin Restoration and Enhancement (ARBRE) Task Force in an effort to address long-standing environmental issues in the basin and raise public awareness of those issues. “The irony of the Atchafalaya Basin is that while it is suffering from an abundance of […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana receives coastal restoration grants

BY: - November 19, 2020

Over $5 million will go to the St. Bernard Parish government to “protect the remaining ridge through strategic armoring and reforestation” by “installing shoreline protection.” And another $1 million will go to the City of New Orleans to “conduct preliminary planning and design for living shoreline and marsh creation on the New Orleans East Landbridge, […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

School districts affected by Hurricanes Laura, Delta revise their academic calendar

BY: - November 17, 2020

The Calcasieu and Cameron parish school boards announced updated academic calendars that would extend their school year to make up for time lost due to two hurricanes and an ongoing pandemic. Students in Cameron Parish will end their school year on May 27 now, while students in Calcasieu Parish will end their school year in […]

Biden’s presidency could open doors for environmental justice in Louisiana

BY: - November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON —  The incoming Biden administration is poised to bring a new focus to environmental justice—a major policy change that could have an impact in Louisiana. Community activists and some Democratic lawmakers have long sought federal protections for environmental justice. They want to give low-income communities more latitude to challenge the cumulative effects from air, […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana climate task force holds first meeting

BY: - November 10, 2020

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, a body Gov. John Bel Edwards created through an Aug. 19 executive order,  held its inaugural meeting at the capitol building on Monday, and its chairperson said the task force’s effort will be about “leading us away from environmental disaster and economic hardship and towards a better future for our […]

Five more parishes can apply for Hurricane Delta aid

BY: - November 9, 2020

Beauregard, Lafayette, Rapides, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes impacted by Hurricane Delta where residents are eligible for aid to 10, the governor’s office announced Saturday. Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Oct. 9 near Creole, Louisiana, about […]

Formosa Plastics permit suspended by Army Corps

BY: - November 5, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced through a court filing in federal court in Washington its plans to suspend its permit for a proposed 1500-acre Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish.  The announcement came before today’s Nov. 5 filing deadline for the Corps to defend its issuance of a permit to […]

400,000 Southeast Louisiana customers still without power after Hurricane Zeta

BY: - October 29, 2020

Hurricane Zeta’s death toll increased to six in the Southeast as of 5 p.m. on Oct. 29. A man was electrocuted by a downed power line in New Orleans, another drowned in Biloxi and a man in Acworth, Georgia was killed when an oak tree fell on his home. Two people were also killed near […]