Citizen groups send notice of intent to sue ExxonMobil’s Chalmette Refining (media advisory)

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What:  On Thursday a notice of intent to sue will be sent from the St. Bernard Citizens for Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to Exxon Mobil’s Chalmette Refining, L.L.C. The letter will state that the refinery has violated the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.  The notice letter provides the refinery with 60 days to resolve the matter cooperatively before the citizens file a lawsuit in federal court.  The Tulane Environmental Law Clinic is representing the community groups.

Community members from the neighborhood and representatives from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade will be on hand to discuss the problems that they have with the pollution and why they have decided to file the law suit.

Why: Since the early 1980’s, residents of Chalmette have complained about the pollution from the local refineries. The St. Bernard Citizens for Environmental Quality was formed to address pollution issues in the parish. Despite ongoing communication with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Quality, there has been no decisive action taken to protect the citizens from the pollution that they believe harms their health and destroys their property. 

St. Bernard Parish has the highest cancer rate in the state, and many of the chemicals cited in the notice letter are known carcinogens. Chalmette residents also complain of respiratory problems consistent with exposure to chemicals like those emitted from Exxon Mobil.

Where: 12 Carroll Drive, Chalmette, La. 
When: 11:30 AM, Thursday, December 4th

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