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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.


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Terrorist threats stir up Diamond relocation debate: Shell asked to reconsider buyout in wake of possible terrorist attack

(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.


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Citizens of New Sarpy cite federal Clean Air Act violations: Orion Refining could face federal court action

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.


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Shell goes back on past promises: Buys disputed area of Norco; refuses to relocate residents

(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.


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Shell buys disputed area of Norco; Citizens of Diamond neighborhood erupt in anger

What: Families in Norco's African American neighborhood - known as Diamond - will stage a stormy press conference and protest beside property recently purchased by Shell Oil. A sign stating the community's resistance will be posted.


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New Sarpy resident testifies before EPA committee: Travels to nation's capitol to urge relocation

(New Sarpy, July 3, 2001) An EPA committee established to review recent Bush energy initiatives heard testimony from New Sarpy resident Major Mackie on Friday, as Mr. Mackie traveled to Washington D.C. as part of a delegation of refinery neighbors.


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Orion CEO angers community; Fails to meet after explosion

(New Sarpy, June 14, 2001) The CEO of the troubled Orion Refinery failed to appear at a community meeting last night to discuss last week's fire with the community.


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New Sarpy community commemorates year anniversary of largest tank fire in U.S. history: Troubled Orion Refinery continues to plague neighbors

WHAT: Press conference to mark the anniversary of the largest tank fire in US history and highlight calls for relocation.


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