Instead, DEQ refers to the new owner, Valero Corporation, and it’s successful record in another location, St Charles Parish, Louisiana, as reason enough to renew the water discharge permit in St Bernard Parish. Yet, Valero Corporation submitted a request for DEQ to concur with some of Murphy Oil's requests for less stringent permit requirements, including an objection to the creation of a separate outfall and sampling requirement for the discharge of hydrostatic test wastewaters into our neighborhood canals. Most of those Murphy Oil suggestions were at least denied by DEQ.
Within six months, Valero will be required to submitt a storm water management plan of its own for the St Bernard Parish refinery, and it may include Valero's Spill Control Plan and Valero's Emergency Response Plan, not just a copy of the ole Murphy Oil best practices. We can only hope this Valero Refinery begins to demonstrate the same level of respect and commitment to our neighborhoods; so far, we have not seen the difference.
submitted by a domiciled resident