Sunday, October 14, 2018

Unhealthy Sulfur Dioxide Levels

Just when residents thought it was safe to leave the windows open with the cool Fall temperatures, the Sulfur Dioxide levels spiked over night and reached a one-hour average of over 155 parts per billion The EPA health standard for sulfur dioxide is 75 ppb SO2. Sulfur Dioxide at the 12 ppb SO2 level triggers headaches and other adverse effects.

Site Data from the air monitor at Chalmette Vista Louisiana

http://airquality.deq.louisiana.gov/Data/Site/CHALMETTEVISTA/Date/2018-10-14

The Louisiana DEQ issued an exceedance notice about the air quality being unhealth for sensitive groups:  Sensitive Groups are CHILDREN, the elderly, & ACTIVE ADULTS.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Evacuation Route Needed


Alex Cohen is in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
September at 15:51
Since day one L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge has been echoing the calls from the people of St. James demanding that they be given a evacuation route.
St. James is a predominantly African American free slave community, which is surrounded by tank farms, refineries, and other fossil fuel industry infrastructure. Currently only one road leads in and out of St. James and in the event of an inevitable pipeline disaster, residents could be trapped.
This road use to be used by the public as another way out until Marathon Pipeline LLC stole this land which now houses over 100 oil storage tankers and blocked the road with this gate and private security. The #BayouBridgePipeline now runs through this land and community as well before ending at its final destination. Making an already dangerous situation, explosive.
In order to secure an evacuation route for St. James all Governor John Bel Edwards has to do is give this road back to the people, instead he spends the majority of his time bent over for the oil & petrochemical Industry.
Environmental racism lives here.
CALL LOUISIANA GOVERNOR EDWARDS NOW – demand that he give St James an evacuation route: http://nobbp.org/call/

Friday, August 24, 2018

Air Quality Day Notice for New Orleans Region

An Air Quality Action Day has been declared for New Orleans for Friday August 24

Active children and adults, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion. 


La DEQ Meraux Site Data
http://deq.louisiana.gov/


Thursday, August 23 2018, light northerly winds behind a departing front will gradually transport smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada into Louisiana, increasing particle concentrations. In addition, increasing sunshine and warm temperatures will enhance ozone production. As a result, AQI levels will be Moderate in most locations. Friday, as a surface high pressure system move over Louisiana, calm to light winds will reduce pollutant dispersion, and lingering smoke will continue to increase particle levels throughout Louisiana. In addition, mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-90s will enhance ozone formation.

Therefore, AQI levels will be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport, and Moderate elsewhere in the state. Saturday, increasing southerly winds will aid dispersion and transport cleaner air into the state. However, warm temperatures and sunny skies will continue to aid ozone formation. These conditions will yield Moderate AQI levels in most locations.

DEQ is forecasting an Ozone Action Day for Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The weather conditions will be favorable for the formation of ozone.


The Air Quality Index indicates that ozone will be at the orange level, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Increasing ozone levels may cause unhealthy air quality during afternoon hours. Active children and adults, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion. 

Area residents are encouraged to take one or more of the following
voluntary actions to help reduce the formation of ozone::
• Drive less. Carpool, walk and bike, combine errands and care for your car. Be sure your gas cap is on tight.
• Refuel your vehicle, mow grass and use gas powered lawn equipment and off road vehicles after 6 p.m.
• Postpone chores that use oil based paint, varnishes and solvents that produce flame.
• If you barbeque, use an electric starter instead of starter fluid.
• Take your lunch to work or walk to lunch
• Conserve Energy in your home
Incorporating these tips into your daily routines can make a significant difference. We all have a stake in better air quality.
SPREAD THE WORD by telling family, friends, co-workers and neighbors about OZONE ACTION DAYS.

More information about current air quality and what you can do to help prevent ozone formation is available online at the DEQ website www.deq.louisiana.gov. For questions, please call 225-219-3489 (weekdays).         

Thursday, July 26, 2018

little neighborhoods, big gains

UPDATE:

The Institute for Justice’s most famous case is coming to the big screen near you! 
 
In order for this special screening to take place, the organizers of the screening need to sell a minimum number of tickets by Wednesday, September 19.  You can purchase your ticket here for this special event:
 
                Special Screening of Little Pink House
                Wednesday, September 26, 2018
                6:30 PM
                AMC Clearview Palace 12
                4486 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
                Metairie, LA 70009
                Purchase tickets here:  https://www.tugg.com/events/little-pink-house-ykn8
               
As you may know, Little Pink House showcases the true story of IJ client Susette Kelo, a small-town paramedic who buys her first home—a cottage—and paints it pink.  When politicians plan to bulldoze it for a corporation, she fights back, taking her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Even after she lost in court, her struggle sparked a nationwide backlash against eminent domain abuse that today helps millions of Americans better protect what is rightfully theirs.  You can watch the film trailer here.
 
I hope you’ll be able to make it to this special screening—and bring family or friends.  Little Pink House is a wonderful portrayal of the enduring impact of one woman’s courage—and IJ’s unwavering legal and grassroots efforts.  It’s a terrific opportunity to introduce newcomers to our work and encourage them to join our fight to restore vital constitutional protections for individual liberty.
 
Scott G. Bullock
President and General Counsel


Institute for Justice



Post from July 2018
Should it be legal to force people out of their homes to benefit a private company? Thankfully a Louisiana State Constitutional Amendment in 2006  gives us some protection. Unfortunately, sometimes people are still pushed out by Master Land Use Plans and Zoning Changes or forced out by politicians and strong armed corporations, sometimes in the name of a protective greenspace, sometimes for a zoning change trade for a promise of a ball park or donations. Sadly, we are not alone.

From an email from Institute for Justice:
If you have some down time this weekend, I hope you will consider sharing your support of the Institute for Justice by gathering your family and friends to watch a special film.  As the successful theater run of Little Pink House comes to a close, you can hold a private showing by purchasing the film through Amazon and other services.
As you probably know, Little Pink House is the true story of IJ client Susette Kelo’s heroic fight to save her little pink cottage—and her neighborhood.  While it has been 13 years since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed government agencies to take homes and businesses for private development using eminent domain, the massive impact of this case and IJ’s work continues.  
This movie is in many ways a tribute to the courage of all IJ clients, and an illustration of the power of IJ’s style of public interest litigation, communications, activism, research, and legislative advocacy.  While watching the film, I hope you will consider making adonation to support the Institute for Justice and our fight for people like Susette.
Scott
Scott G. Bullock
President and General Counsel
Institute for Justice

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

renewal opportunities

C. S. Lewis Quote: “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

How many businesses and industrial plants in St Bernard Parish have invested in the community by installing the Best Available Control Technology, or at least examining where BACT improvements could be installed, even when not required. Some of these same industries have already made such investments at their plants in other States. Unfortunately, in areas such as St Bernard, all too often it is only when the air quality fails public health standards or the owners are dragged kicking and screaming through adjudication that public health and environmental improvements are finally afforded to our most vulnerable populations. 


We can all do our part to be part of the solution. Let's hope the State Department of Environmental Quality improves the quality of our environment and gets the regulatory permits right this time around without compromising public health, safety, and quality of life. Our future depends on it.


Renewals and Modifications:

Rain CII Calcining Chalmette Plant
Title V Air Permit Modificaiton  to increase production of calcined coke. Existing capacity noted at 350,000 tons green coke and incremental increase of 235,000 tons green coke. 
Proposed Emission Rate of Sulfur Dioxide 2625.78 Tons/Year SO2.  
Proposed Emission Rate of VOC's                    5.88 Tons/Year VOCs
Proposed Emission Rate of CO                     290.22 Tons/Year CO
Proposed Emission Rate of NOx                  307.24 Tons/Year NOx
Not yet Public Noticed for Comment


PBF Energy Chalmette Plant Water Discharge Renewal LPDES Public Comments Due July 19 2018

Valero Energy Meraux Plant Water Discharge Renewal LPDES  Public Comments Due July 19 2018


Valero Energy Meraux Plant  
Title V Air Permit Modification   to increase the refinery's crude throughput capacity from 125,000 barrels/day to 135,000 barrels/day. As a result of the proposed crude increase, actual throughput and production of downstream process units and emission sources will also increase.
Proposed Emission Rate of Sulfur Dioxide 593.94 Tons/Year SO2. 
Proposed Emission Rate of VOC's              533.31 Tons/Year VOC's
Proposed Emission Rate of CO                 1086.85 Tons/Year CO
Proposed Emission Rate of NOx                 710.31 Tons/Year NOx
Public Comments Due August 6 2018







Friday, June 1, 2018

Air Quality

According to the LA DEQ Site Data, the 8-hour average Ozone [O3] reading in Meraux, Louisiana, in St Bernard Parish in the Joe Davies Elementary school area, has failed to meet the EPA health standard for ground level ozone several times already in 2018. 

Air Quality Alerts were issued to inform the public, particularly those at risk: CHILDREN, older adults, people with lung disease such as asthma, and PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTIVE OUTDOORS including WORKERS.

We can all do our part to be part of the solution. Local Gas Stations in St Bernard Parish can install vapor reducing nozzles, heavy industry can install Best Control Technology, and residents can use a cleaner commute such as carpool, bike, or mass transit. To protect your lungs, it is recommended you stay indoors on Air Alert days and refrain from burning trash or leaves, and refrain from using grills or gas powered lawn and garden equipment. 

High readings in 2018 include:

https://airquality.deq.louisiana.gov/Data/Site/MERAUX/Date/2018-05-17

May 17 2018  8-hour average O3 reading 74 ppb and one-hour average 91 ppb

https://airquality.deq.louisiana.gov/Data/Site/MERAUX/Date/2018-05-11

May 11 2018 8-hour average O3 reading 71 ppb and one-hour average 75ppb



https://airquality.deq.louisiana.gov/Data/Site/MERAUX/Date/2018-05-09
May 9 2018 8-hour average O3 reading 74 ppb and one-hour average 78 ppb

https://airquality.deq.louisiana.gov/Data/Site/MERAUX/Date/2018-04-28
April 28 2018 8-hour average O3 reading 71ppb and one-hour average 79 ppb



 " ... the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb), based on extensive scientific evidence about ozone’s effects on public health and welfare. The updated standards will improve public health protection, particularly for at-risk groups including children, older adults, people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma, and people who are active outdoors, especially outdoor workers, among others."

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Another AIR ALERT

The 8-hour average Ozone [O3] reading in Meraux, Louisiana, in St Bernard Parish  in the Joe Davies Elementary school area, has failed to meet the EPA health standard for ground level ozone for the second time in recent weeks. We can all do our part to be part of the solution. Gas Stations in St Bernard Parish can install vapor reducing nozzles, heavy industry can install Best Control Technology, and residents can use a cleaner commute such as carpool, bike, or mass transit. To protect your lungs, it is recommended you stay indoors on Air Alert days and refrain from burning trash or leaves, and using grills or gas powered lawn and garden equipment. 







SEE LDEQ NOTICES BELOW for two exceedances on May 9 2018 and LDEQ Notice from the April 28 2018 exceedance of 8-hour average Ozone reading at same location.

The most recent exceedance for O3 8-hour average was April 28 2018. " ... the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb), based on extensive scientific evidence about ozone’s effects on public health and welfare. The updated standards will improve public health protection, particularly for at-risk groups including children, older adults, people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma, and people who are active outdoors, especially outdoor workers, among others."
DEQ Logo

AQI Exceedance Notification

The following DEQ air monitoring site(s) have detected elevated readings which have reached an "Orange"
or "Red" level on the Air Quality Index (AQI). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, who sets
most air quality standards, being at the "Orange" level means that levels are "Unhealthy for sensitive groups - People with asthma should consider reducing exertion outdoors", while a "Red" level is "Unhealthy -
Children, asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease should reduce exertion outdoors".
If you are in this group of individuals, please plan your outdoor activities accordingly. For more information please visit the DEQ Air Monitoring Data & AQI website

Meraux site

108
OZONE
Unhealthy for sensitive groups
73 PPB
5/9/2018 7:00 PM
This data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.
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Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 602 N. Fifth Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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DEQ Logo

AQI Exceedance Notification

The following DEQ air monitoring site(s) have detected elevated readings which have reached an "Orange" 
or "Red" level on the Air Quality Index (AQI). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, who sets 
most air quality standards, being at the "Orange" level means that levels are "Unhealthy for sensitive groups - 
People with asthma should consider reducing exertion outdoors", while a "Red" level is "Unhealthy - 
Children, asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease should reduce exertion outdoors".

If you are in this group of individuals, please plan your outdoor activities accordingly.
 For more information please visit the DEQ Air Monitoring Data & AQI website

Meraux site

101
OZONE
Unhealthy for sensitive groups
71 PPB
5/9/2018 4:00 PM
This data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not 
NAAQS comparable.
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DEQ Logo

AQI Exceedance Notification

The following DEQ air monitoring site(s) have detected elevated readings which have reached an "Orange" 
or "Red" level on the Air Quality Index (AQI). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, who sets 
most air quality standards, being at the "Orange" level means that levels are "Unhealthy for sensitive groups - 
People with asthma should consider reducing exertion outdoors", while a "Red" level is "Unhealthy - 
Children, asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease should reduce exertion outdoors".
If you are in this group of individuals, please plan your outdoor activities accordingly. 
For more information please visit the DEQ Air Monitoring Data & AQI website

Meraux site

101
OZONE
Unhealthy for sensitive groups
71 PPB
4/28/2018 7:00 PM
This data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.
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Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 602 N. Fifth Street Baton Rouge,
LA 70802
For website issues please email the web team.
For all other issues call 1-866-896-LDEQ or e-mail our Customer Service Center.

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