St. Bernard residents called for meeting about environmental matters in the parish

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WHO and WHAT: The St. Bernard Citizens for Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade are hosting a meeting for all St. Bernard Parish residents regarding health and environmental matters in the parish. A representative from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will also be there.

WHY: There are a number of reasons for concern in the parish, including an oil spill from Murphy Oil that has devastated the nearby neighborhood. Residents are concerned that Murphy may be trying to buy their homes and expand the refinery.

The organizations have plans to begin monitoring in the area and want the input of St. Bernard residents. In addition, the results of environmental monitoring and samples taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be reviewed.

In the EPA and DEQ’s public statements, the agencies are downplaying the danger. A September 17th EPA / DEQ press release called a benzene sample (benzene is a known cancer and leukemia causing chemical) "slightly elevated" and little cause for health concern when that sample was more than 40 times the state health standard. St. Bernard Parish residents need to get accurate information so that they can protect themselves and make sound decisions.

WHERE: Holiday Inn Select, 4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge

WHEN: 2 PM Wednesday, September 28th

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