The EPA is evaluating the feasibility of siting renewable energy production on potentially contaminated land, at the former Kaiser Aluminum waste pit site in Chalmette. The proposal calls for a possible renewable energy production site, such as a bio-refinery. Yet, a records request for a copy of or a link to the proposal was denied by EPA because "the proposals are not publicly available."
The St. Bernard Parish Council is considering accepting donation of the contaminated land.
This parcel of land is located just east of the National Historical War of 1812 Battlefield and Cemetery at Chalmette. A summary of the Phase I environmental assessment of the Former Kaiser Aluminum waste site, also available on RPC’s Brownfields website: http://rpcbrownfields.org/KaiserAluminum.html., describes the small acreage available. EPA 's proposal for renewable energy in St. Bernard Parish. Louisiana DEQ's letter of support. Phase II environmental assessment has been done and will be presented to the council in the near future.