Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pollution Reduction Plan
September 16, 2008
A Community Action for a Renewed
Environment (CARE) Grant from the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The St. Bernard Parish Council is addressing the coexistence of conflicting land
uses by engaging in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Corrective Action for a
Renewed Environment (CARE) program.

Permitting issues regarding emissions were a great concern to residents. Discussed in detail at
the March 29th meeting with experts from different air quality and health fields, St. Bernard
Parish residents may be exposed to more air pollutants than the average American citizen. The
many industries lining the Mississippi River in the Parish, including but not limited to Murphy
Oil Company’s Meraux Petroleum Refinery, Exxon Mobil and Domino Sugar, have been issued
air permits which allow them to emit pollutants such as Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Monoxide,
Nitrogen Oxides, PM and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The combined emissions from all
these facilities can exceed thousands of tons per year.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade's Common Ground report documented the millions of pounds of toxic air pollutants which the two petrochemical refineries emitted into the air we breathe in amounts over their regulatory permit limits.

There are 17 refineries in the State of Louisiana. Three have been sued under the Clean Air Act's Citizen's Enforcement provision; two are in St Bernard Parish. Clearly, it is time for a renewed environment.

St. Bernard Citizens’ Recovery Committee
St. Bernard Parish Charrette Report

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