CITGO Petroleum Corporation, in partnership with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), commemorated the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita with a volunteer event to plant 70,000 dune grass plugs along a five-mile stretch of Holly Beach. The project is part of the CITGO Caring for Our Coast initiative, a yearlong environmental conservation and restoration program that celebrates the resilience and recovery of the region in the almost 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
$15,000 going to environmental nonprofits
Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land announced that Matt Thomas was selected as Louisiana's 2014 Cox Conserves Hero. As his nonprofit of choice, The University Lakes Improvement and Preservation Association (TULIPA) will receive $10,000.
Groundwork New Orleans (GWNO) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are teaming up again to address environmental justice issues in New Orleans. EPA recently awarded $120,000 to GWNO to support a two-year project that will create an adaptable outdoor curriculum focused on watershed and stormwater management for local youth and residents.
Five sites added and three proposed nationally
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added the Delta Shipyard site in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, a list of sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.
Proposal to Lower the Standard Would Jeopardize Manufacturing Expansion
American Chemistry Council (ACC) Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs Michael Walls testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority briefing in Lake Charles, La. regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) anticipated proposal to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $485,000 to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for testing water quality along the state’s Gulf Coast. The sampling results will contribute to EPA’s National Coastal Conditions Assessment (NCCA).