Today Gulf Coast residents and their allies in the environmental and social justice movements rallied and spoke against federal plans to issue 10 new offshore fossil fuel leases in the Gulf of Mexico, continuing the momentum from a historic, high-profile demonstration against another Gulf lease sale last month at the Superdome.
The new air standards for oil refinery emissions, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year (despite being more than a decade overdue and not as strong as they should have been) represent a major step forward for communities that live near these refineries.
Community and environmental groups, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit on Feb. 1, 2016, against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, challenging unlawful regulatory loopholes that will expose communities to unnecessary cancer-causing pollution.
The public will get an extra 15 days to weigh in on a proposal by a Marrero oil recycling plant to increase its daily capacity by about one third, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.
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