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(Norco, LA) African-American neighbors of the troubled Shell Chemical plant in Norco, LA, are raising concerns about the safety of their entire neighborhood in the wake of news that such facilities may be targets of terrorists.
WHAT: The troubled Orion Refinery will tomorrow receive a stunning blow from the Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy, a notice of intent to sue the accident-prone facility within 60 days if Orion does not resolve the community's concerns.
(Norco, La.) The African American residents of Norco blasted Shell today for buying property that surrounds their neighborhood at the same time that the corporation refuses to buy their residential property for a fair price.
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."