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St. Charles Herald Guide: St. Rose Activist Helps Secure Tighter Emissions Standards for Refineries

On Sept. 29, the EPA released new air standards with tighter restrictions on oil refineries emissions and particularly on benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer. The new rule mandated, for the first time, “fenceline” monitoring that requires refineries to install air monitors on the site to measure benzene emissions and act when the levels exceed allowable levels.


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Statement from Martha Huckabay, Vice President of St. Rose Community One Voice, regarding the EPA’s new Refinery Rule

“Although this new refinery rule is good progress and a step in the right direction, we still have a long fight ahead of us. This rule will monitor for benzene, a known carcinogen.  Our problem in St.


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WWNO: How New EPA Rules Will Impact Louisiana

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a number of rule changes this week that could have a big impact on industry and quality of life in Louisiana. The new rules cut ozone emissions from 75 parts per billion to 70, and complying might pose a challenge for the state. New Orleans and Baton Rouge are now out of attainment.


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Groups push EPA to pursue violations

Letter sent to Cynthia Giles on October 6, 2015 


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The Advocate: EPA Adopts New Air Monitoring Rule for Oil Refineries to Monitor Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemical Benzene

For the first time, federal environmental regulators will require refineries to install air monitors around their facilities to detect low levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, a move officials said will result in cleaner air and will provide people living nearby with better information about pollution coming into their neighborhoods.


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Letters: More concern needed over state’s environmental impact

Two different pieces, printed in The Advocate five days apart, demonstrate the wisdom and worry regarding our environment in Louisiana.


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Times-Picayune: Louisiana Catholic Lawmakers Aren't Sold on Pope's Plea for Climate Change Action

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis' call Thursday (June 18) for urgent action to address climate change was met with respectful skepticism by Louisiana's three Catholic congressional members.


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