| News

After Years of Inaction, EPA Tightens Toxic Air Standard for Oil Refineries

Lawsuit helped force an update of emissions standards for dangerous chemicals that went unchanged nearly 30 years.

By Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

 


| Press Releases

EPA CONCLUDES FLARES AT REFINERIES AND CHEMICAL PLANTS RELEASE FOUR TIMES MORE VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS THAN REPORTED

Lawsuit Prompts EPA to Revise Emissions Estimates for Flares Upward for volatile organic compounds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2015


| Reports

Letter to EPA Administrator: Release EJ Tools!

Dear Ms. McCarthy, 


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Community Interview: Wanda Weber

Chemical Odor in St. Rose

On June 13th in response to calls about a chemical odor, the Bucket Brigade deployed its Emergency Response Team to talk to the St. Rose community and take health surveys. Over 80% of residents interviewed by the Bucket Brigade reported health effects from vomiting to diarrhea. 

The neighboring industrial facilities - Shell and IMTT - as well as the spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Quality stated that "we have found no levels [of air pollution] that are harmful to human health."

Despite these statements, community reports indicate that odors are a chronic problem in St. Rose and a process is not in place to adequately protect the health and safety of the fencline communities.

Wanda Weber "Stands Up"

Wanda Weber has been living in St. Rose her entire life. She's currently on oxygen, and when the odors intensified, she struggled to breathe. Her children had to rescue her from her home.

Watch this video to hear her story, her struggle, but most importantly, her reason for "standing up."

 

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