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Reflections from the field: Emergency Response in Chalmette

On Monday afternoon we deployed to Chalmette to conduct outreach to increase the usage of the Bucket Brigade’s iWitness Pollution Map. As a new employee of the Bucket Brigade, this was my first chance to go out into the field to interact with community members. Growing up in Louisiana, I thought I had an understanding of the pollution issues around the state. After deploying to a fenceline community in Chalmette, I learned so much about an area that I originally thought I knew well.

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When It Rains It Oils in St. Bernard Parish

At 2 PM on Friday, October 25th Valero Refinery in Meraux, LA reported a large discharge of crude oil from a rupture in a crude unit to the National Response Center. This crude unit in the refinery had a series of small explosions and a fire in the summer of 2012. This pattern of accidents not only poses threats to families’ health, but also demonstrates Valero’s inability to operate a refinery safely.

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iWitness Map Monthly Report – December 2013

View the iWitness Map Monthly Report from December 2013. 

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Why Supporting Emergency Response is Important

Why should you donate?  Because arming people with tools to document pollution builds our strength to hold polluters accountable.

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November iWitness Map Monthly Report

The number of citizen reports to the iWitness Pollution Map is down from 121 in October to 74 in November.

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Valero Meraux Accident Response Survey Results

Survery results from the Valerio Meraux refinery accident on October 25, 2013.

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Heartbreaking iWitness Report

On Friday, October 25th the following report came into the iWitness Pollution map, regarding the April 3, 2013 Exxon Mobil’s Chalmette Refinery.

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Valero Meraux Spews Oil Across St. Bernard Highway

At 2 PM on Friday, October 25th Valero Refinery in Meraux, LA reported a discharge of crude oil from a rupture in a crude unit to the National Response Center: The rupture caused 200 barrels of oil to spill into the Mississippi River and onto a stretch of St. Bernard Highway around the plant. The first citizen report to the iWitness Pollution map came in 27 minutes after the NRC report. There were 10 citizen reports about the accident to the iWitness Pollution map between Friday, October 25th and Monday, October 28th.

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September 2013 iWitness Pollution Map Monthly Report

View the iWitness pollution monthly report for September 2013. 

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Less Talk, More Action

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice hosted the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Environmental Justice Community Training Workshop on September 25th through the 27th at the Renaissance Hotel in New Orleans.  The purpose of this event, as touted by the EPA, was to come up with action items to address environmental injustices across EPA Region 6, which includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The action items were to be based on conference participants’ consensus on what the biggest “issues” were; subsequently potential “solutions” voiced as prioritized recommendations to the EPA Region 6 Office of Environmental Justice.


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