Pictured below in February 2011
Several Citizens have been concerned about the dilapidated condition of the ExxonMobil coke barn and the threat to life and property should a wind storm carry a roof panel into adjacent neighborhoods. Not to mention the petroleum coke dust and its affect to our lungs. Although ExxonMobil claimed the coke barn was emptied , the coke dust would remain unless every nook and cranny were washed and wiped down.
Today, this May 13 2011 document posted to the LDEQ EDMS under AI # 1376.
ExxonMobil in Chalmette is now using the coke barn due to barge traffic issues with the rising Mississippi River. LDEQ has issued a compliance order ordering repair of the roof within six (6) months. ...... SIX MONTHS of lung damage in the opinion of residents.
If local ordinances do not provide for protection of health and safety from industrial companies, new legislation should be written that will provide protection.
Pictured below May 2011