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Orion Refining misleads press, community about flare: Eyewitness accounts, videotape tell of massive flaring, contradict Orion statements

(New Orleans, Feb. 1, 2001) Citizens, legal, and environmental groups joined together today to expose the troubled Orion Refinery's most recent assault on the community.

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Community air samples expose hazardous substances in air: Alsen citizens point finger at Ronaldson Field Dump

(January 31, 2001) Residents of North Baton Rouge Parish today are calling on the EPA to shut down the Ronaldson Fields Dump, citing two air samples taken near the dump that show hazardous wastes are present.  The air samples, taken by community members, revealed high levels of carbon disulfide,

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New Sarpy citizens demand EPA investigation of Orion: Report blasts refinery for reckless accidents - average of one per week

(January 10, 2001, New Sarpy, La.) Orion neighbors and The Louisiana Bucket Brigade today exposed Orion Refining's terrifying accident rate of 1.5 accidents a week, using the company's own "incident" reports it has filed with the state. "This is scary.

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Citizens to release report blasting Orion's alarming accident rate: Call for EPA investigation

(December 18, New Sarpy, La.) A 10:30 AM press conference today will be the site of the New Sarpy Concerned Citizen's renewed demand for relocation from increasingly troubled Orion Refining.

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For Immediate Release: November 17th, 2000
Contact: CONTACTS-Shonda Lee, Concerned Citizens of Norco, (504) 258 - 2521
Gaynel Johnson, Concerned Citizens of Norco, (504) 725 - 0921
Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, (504) 914 – 3164

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Norco citizen heads to Shell headquarters in Holland: Plans to face Shell director

(Norco, La.) In a bold move to intensify the pressure on Shell, the Concerned Citizens of Norco are today sending their president, Margie Richard, to Shell's international headquarters in Holland to make the case for relocation.

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Orion bars citizens' technical adviser from meeting: Community discovers problems with samples; calls for relocation renewed

(New Sarpy, November 3) Orion refinery officials yesterday barred the community's technical expert from a meeting in which Orion presented the results of its air samples. Four Orion experts were present at the meeting at company headquarters.

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Troubled Orion Refinery violates state air standards: Citizen air sample exposes release of carcinogen

(September 28, 2000 New Sarpy) The New Sarpy Concerned Citizens are today releasing results of an air sample that expose the refinery's release of high levels of toxic chemicals into the air.

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Air sample in Norco's Diamond neighborhood shows extreme levels of chemicals

(Norco, La. September 26, 2000) An air sample taken by the Bucket Brigade in the Diamond Neighborhood in Norco showed extremely high levels of a toxic chemical previously identified during a controversial incident on December 8, 1998.

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Diamond community in Norco to increase air samplers

On Saturday, September 9th, members of Norco’s Diamond community will build more of the buckets that have enabled the residents to sample their air. The Bucket Brigade, as it is called, has been sampling the air in Norco since December of 1998.


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