Monday, June 11, 2012

Air Compare

Louisiana Weekly article by Susan Buchanan

EPA has a tool called  AirComare.           St Bernard Parish—home to [ExxonMobil's] Chalmette Refining, a Valero refinery and a Domino Sugar plant—topped the Gulf’s worst air list in 2011 with 77 unhealthy air days for those with asthma or lung disease.

In Louisiana, Bossier Parish had 17 lung-threatening air days last year. East Baton Rouge had seven, St. Tammany had five and St. John the Baptist had four. West Baton Rouge and St. James had three, while Orleans and Jefferson Parishes had two each. A choking air day on the Gulf can make you wish it were only a bad hair day.

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