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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.


Community Interview: Wanda Weber

Chemical Odor in St. Rose

On June 13th in response to calls about a chemical odor, the Bucket Brigade deployed its Emergency Response Team to talk to the St. Rose community and take health surveys. Over 80% of residents interviewed by the Bucket Brigade reported health effects from vomiting to diarrhea. 

The neighboring industrial facilities - Shell and IMTT - as well as the spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Quality stated that "we have found no levels [of air pollution] that are harmful to human health."

Despite these statements, community reports indicate that odors are a chronic problem in St. Rose and a process is not in place to adequately protect the health and safety of the fencline communities.

Wanda Weber "Stands Up"

Wanda Weber has been living in St. Rose her entire life. She's currently on oxygen, and when the odors intensified, she struggled to breathe. Her children had to rescue her from her home.

Watch this video to hear her story, her struggle, but most importantly, her reason for "standing up."


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