Saturday, October 29, 2016

Community Conversations & Dinner

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH                    5:30pm to 7:30pm at DOCVILLE
Includes Dinner provided by Restore or Retreat and Open House for resident input

 Hosted to inform development of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan

As part of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority - in partnership with numerous community partners throughout coastal Louisiana - will host a series of Community Conversations during the Fall to update residents on the master plan and receive valuable input and feedback that will be used in developing the draft plan. 

 The event will take place at Docville Farm
5124 East St. Bernard Highway, Violet, LA 70092
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.           FREE and open to the public.

Learn more about:

Includes dinner, provided by Restore or Retreat

An open house for residents to learn more and provide valuable input


Thursday, October 27, 2016

public library

If you ever want to end democracy and destroy America, you begin by denying citizens the chance at accessing information and opportunities for education. A people who cannot learn will always be oppressed -- just look at everywhere from Soviet Russia to North Korea.

--NOLA_Fredo comments on Library

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

elevated sulfur dioxide levels in neighborhood --- 4,000 ppb SO2

In late August 2016, a  sulfur recovery plant unit tripped, caused interruption to electrical power, and elevated sulfur dioxide levels for 21 hours.

Sulfur dioxide levels measured downwind in the neighborhood were reported to be 4 parts per million [ppm] on Despaux Drive, which is FOUR THOUSAND parts per billion [ppb].  Average readings were reported at less than 0.5 ppm [500 ppb], however, there is no public access to the data which comprised those averages or how the averages were calculated.
LDEQ document 10368357 dated Sept 2nd 2016 recently posted to EDMS.  As of Oct 18 2016 this document was still NOT AVAILABLE either in EDMS or through a public records request dated Sept 24 2016.

There was no notification or alerts made to the community. It is unclear if the future fence line monitoring data will be available in real time to the public, or if the public will continue to have to wait weeks for information.  A Sept 24 2016 public records request thru LDEQ for a copy the incident report was still not available by mid-October.  The report posted sometime later in October to LDEQ EDMS, although it is dated September 2, 2016.

This type of public health issue is the reason residents previously requested public access to real time data, real time notification of incidents at the plants, and allowing the public to attend the plant's CAP meetings.  These same concerns were voiced three years ago about another incident. It was on October 25 2013 when residents were told there were no issues, yet the plant report indicates worker's were monitored for exposure to benzene and the offsite benzene was reportedly detected at 0.015 ppm or 15 ppb. 

Local officials who are interested in sustainable solutions to St Bernard's air quality and public health issues should demand no less.  At the very least, they should obtain the actual readings taken during this August 2016 event.

LDEQ should review its public records procedures and not allow "inspectors" to hold information.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

update crude oil tank car projects

"The community of Benicia, [California,] in the crosshairs of history, made one of those decisions that will make a difference for the country. They stood up and said the safety of our communities matters.”

The Sept 30, 2016 STB [Surface Transportation Board] "decision appears to be a game-changer in the oil-by-rail story. With it, perhaps now more politicians will agree that “the safety of our communities matter” — much more so than oil company profits."

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