pollution

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Industry accounts for well over half Louisiana’s carbon emissions, research shows

BY: - July 30, 2021

Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by the LSU Center for Energy Studies, are “dominated by the industrial sector,” which accounts for 61% of the state’s total carbon dioxide emissions. That’s nearly three times the national average share, according to the study. Emissions from all other sectors of Louisiana’s economy measured well […]

EPA needs to force Louisiana to cleanup its air, environmental groups say

EPA should force Louisiana to curb air pollution, environmentalists say

BY: - July 15, 2021

Environmental groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to reject Louisiana’s draft proposal to meet federally-mandated pollution reductions and instead enforce its own federal plan in place of the state’s, which they say ignores key sources of pollution that burden national parks and majority-Black communities. In a Wednesday news release, the Sierra Club and […]

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New law keeps some industrial pollution accidents hidden from the public

BY: - July 2, 2021

Over the objections of an advocacy organization that says environmental self audits will leave the public more in the dark, Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a program allowing industrial facilities to conduct self audits for certain pollution accidents. The new law will allow those facilities to keep the records of those accidents […]

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Bill to allow environmental self-audits by industries passes House

BY: - May 15, 2021

The Louisiana House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed an amended version of a bill that would allow industrial facilities to conduct environmental self-audits for certain incidents that don’t normally require notifying state or federal environmental authorities and would make some of those self-audit records secret for up to two years. House Bill 72, sponsored by Rep. Jean-Paul […]

Resolution aimed at preventing plastic pollution in state waterways passes committee

BY: - May 12, 2021

When a container of plastic pellets fell off a docked ship in New Orleans and into the Mississippi River, it took three weeks for the company that owned the vessel to hire a company to clean up the plastic pollution. By then, pellets the size of lentils had washed up on river banks stretching at […]

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House committee votes to let industries secretly audit themselves

BY: - May 6, 2021

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced several bills this week that would weaken transparency by making various government records secret and hidden from the public for years. House Bill 72, sponsored by Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, would allow industries to conduct self-audits for environmental accidents and would make those self-audit records secret for two […]

St. James Parish resident to testify at United Nations session on “Cancer Alley”

BY: - March 24, 2021

A St. James Parish resident who has been pushing for cleaner air surrounding her home in “Cancer Alley” will address the United Nations Working Group on Peoples of African Descent on Thursday. The session is public and available online through the OHCHR’s website. Sharon Lavigne, founder of the grassroots, faith-based activist organization RISE St. James, […]

United Nations condemns Cancer Alley pollution

United Nations experts condemn pollution of Cancer Alley as environmental racism

BY: - March 5, 2021

A group of United Nations Human Rights experts has raised “serious concerns” about the continued industrialization of the region of Louisiana known as “Cancer Alley,” calling the permitted development of petrochemical facilities and ongoing pollution of St. James Parish a form of environmental racism against the mostly-Black community. The group of 14 U.N. Human Rights […]

La. Democrats ignoring Cancer Alley

Cancer Alley’s been ignored by state’s top Democrats, activist says in Poor People Campaign event

BY: - March 2, 2021

One of the nation’s most prominent defenders of the poor and their right to live in environments free of pollution included Louisiana’s Cancer Alley in his weekly call to activism Monday during which a St. James Parish resident accused the state’s leading Democrats, specifically Gov. John Bel Edwards and former Rep. Cedric Richmond, of ignoring […]

Report: Internal memo shows DuPont knew its LaPlace plant was polluting air 

BY: - February 20, 2021

Chemicals manufacturer DuPont decided to sell its LaPlace plant after determining it would cost too much to reduce its emissions of a toxic chemical, according to the Guardian, which based its report on an internal memo from DuPont that was entered as an exhibit in a lawsuit filed in St. John the Baptist Parish. The […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Louisiana plants claim COVID-19 makes it impossible to monitor pollution

BY: - June 24, 2020

Across Louisiana, people who live in the communities surrounding industrial facilities have often complained that pollution from those plants is responsible for their elevated rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses.  And people with weakened immune systems and trouble breathing are particularly vulnerable during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  However, oil refineries and other industrial facilities are […]