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Earthjsutice: Community and Environmental Groups Sue the EPA to Remove Refineries’ “Free Pass to Pollute” Petition and Lawsuit Urge EPA to Strengthen Protections from Cancer-Causing Air Pollution

Community and environmental groups, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit on Feb. 1, 2016, against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, challenging unlawful regulatory loopholes that will expose communities to unnecessary cancer-causing pollution. 

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The Advocate: Public gets more time to comment on Vertex plant expansion

The public will get an extra 15 days to weigh in on a proposal by a Marrero oil recycling plant to increase its daily capacity by about one third, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

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Troubled Vertex Refinery Seeks to Expand; Coalition Organizes to Stop Expansion for the Safety of Residents

(Marrero) The beleaguered Vertex refinery with a history of violations of state environmental laws is seeking to expand its production – including the release of a carcinogen that causes leukemia – in a neighborhood less than one mile from the Immaculate Conception School. The school teaches students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public hearing tonight at the West Jefferson Medical Center to consider the permit.

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Letter to Secretary Jewell

We are writing to you today to urge you to implement the federal government’s proposed offshore drilling safety rule, including provisions for blowout preventers. The eleven lives lost during the BP Disaster are a clear and tragic example of why these rules are needed.

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"Paris and Beyond" Second Line in Solidarity with Global Climate Change Mobilization

Following the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference (COP21), New Orleanians March to City Hall on December 12th to Demand Local Action on Climate Change

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High School Students Explore Themes of African American History and the Environmental Movement

Two hundred fifty students from high schools around New Orleans will converge upon St. Augustine High School for SAYNola, a project exploring themes of African American history and the environmental movement. 

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EPA to Propose Rule Requiring Hundreds of Natural Gas Processing Plants to Start Reporting Toxic Pollution

In response to a petition and lawsuit by environmental and open government organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting the toxic chemicals they release.

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Community and Environmental Groups Herald Improvements in New Oil Refinery Pollution Standards

All U.S. Refineries Must Measure Benzene in Communities for the First Time

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Groups Bring Pope’s Message to New Orleans: Urge Action on Pollution and Climate Change

(New Orleans) Pope Francis’ call for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful is being echoed on the streets of New Orleans today, as religious leaders and longtime advocates bring his message to a region beset by oil spill

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Groups Gather in Conjunction with Pope’s Visit and D.C. Climate March

WHO: The Commission on Stewardship of the Environment of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Alliance for Affordable Energy and others.


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