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EPA slams troubled Orion Refinery with notice of violation

(August 15) The Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy announced today that the EPA has served the calamitous Orion Refinery, only 25 miles from New Orleans, with a Notice of Violation for numerous violations of the Clean Air Act.


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New Sarpy residents blast Orion's community schemes; accuse refinery of delivering ultimatums to residents

New Sarpy, July 18) Neighbors of Orion Refinery today blasted refinery management for a community program that they say attempts to force them into submission, instead of working cooperatively as Shell did with the residents of Norco.


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New Sarpy community extends olive branch to troubled Orion Refinery after years of contention

(June 19, 2002) Calling Shell's fair treatment and willingness to listen to the Norco community a "beacon that Orion should follow," long suffering neighbors of Orion Refining today put down their picket signs and bull horns and asked Orion officials to meet with them face to face in a moderated


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Norco's African American community releases report documenting Shell's divisive relocation program

(New Orleans, LA) The Concerned Citizens of Norco came forward today with their private anguish over Shell's relocation program in their community, detailing how Shell's program is destroying family relationships by ripping their community in half.


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New Sarpy citizens blast DEQ: Submit petition to EPA to revoke state authority

(New Orleans, March 13, 2002) Angry New Sarpy citizens today blasted the DEQ for abuse and neglect of their community and demanded that the EPA take over administration of the troubled state agency.


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Renowned toxicologist confirms health threat posed by Shell Norco: Diamond residents' demand for relocation strengthened

What: The Concerned Citizens of Norco represent the African American neighborhood of Diamond that is only feet away from Shell Chemical plant.


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Renowned toxicologist confirms health threat posed by Shell Norco: Diamond residents' demand for relocation strengthened (event advisory)

What: The Concerned Citizens of Norco represent the African American neighborhood of Diamond that is only feet away from Shell Chemical plant.


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Citizen air sample exposes Orion violation of state air standards: Children in school bus exposed to carcinogen

(October 30, 2001, New Sarpy) The New Sarpy Concerned Citizens today blasted the troubled Orion refinery for again violating the state air standard for benzene, a known carcinogen, by more than 29 times. "We took an air sample and detected benzene at 110 parts per billion.


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Shell Norco warned of terrorist threat two days after New York attacks: Norco’s Diamond community terrified

(Norco, LA) African-American neighbors of the troubled Shell Chemical plant are reeling today in the wake of news that a terrorist threat was made in their community only two days after the tragic World Trade Center attacks.


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Terrorist threats stir up Diamond relocation debate: Shell asked to reconsider buyout in wake of possible terrorist attack

(Norco, LA) African-American neighbors of the troubled Shell Chemical plant in Norco, LA, are raising concerns about the safety of their entire neighborhood in the wake of news that such facilities may be targets of terrorists.


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