The new air standards for oil refinery emissions, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year (despite being more than a decade overdue and not as strong as they should have been) represent a major step forward for communities that live near these refineries.
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.
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.
(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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