Investigations Of Chemical Incidents Hampered By Board's Staff Shortages: IG

"Staffing shortages and infighting among a dwindling number of decision-makers are hampering investigations of chemical fires, explosions and other petrochemical industry accidents in Louisiana and across the country, according to a new federal inspector’s report."

Source:, 11/21/2022

Black Communities In Louisiana Far More Exposed To Industrial Pollution

"Louisiana communities containing industrial plants and high percentages of Black residents experienced seven to 21 times more toxic air emissions than similar locations with higher percentages of White residents, according to a new study by researchers with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic."

Source:, 11/21/2022

"Cleanup Liability Among Concerns About EPA’s Hazardous PFAS Plan"

"The EPA is vowing to move quickly to designate two “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, but has to balance the Biden administration’s desire to better protect disadvantaged communities with public and private sector fears they’ll be held liable for a problem not of their own making."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 11/18/2022

Enviros Challenge Proposed Plastics ‘Advanced Recycling’ Plant in Pa.

"A Philadelphia environmental group has filed an appeal to block a proposed $1.1 billion “advanced” plastics recycling plant in rural Pennsylvania after the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, exempted the facility from having to obtain a solid waste permit."

Source: Inside Climate News, 11/09/2022

EPA To Propose Plan Soon for First PFAS Drinking Water Rule

Plans are nearing for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate PFAS in drinking water — and the complexity around the effort will challenge environmental journalism. In the mix are questions of environmental persistence and health risks, plus thorny politics. Our Issue Backgrounder has guidance on these and more as PFAS regulation hits this critical juncture.

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January 25, 2023 to January 27, 2023

Media Briefing on Plastics, Petrochemicals and Protecting Cultural Resources

Beyond Plastics, Inclusive Louisiana, the Descendants Project and Louisiana Bucket Brigade are hosting a media briefing in New Orleans for journalists on plastics, petrochemicals, environmental justice and protecting cultural resources. Includes a bus tour of "Cancer Alley." Lodging and meals included if you register by Dec 22.


"‘Hubris’: LNG Plant Officials Saw Trouble Days Before Blast"

"For at least two days before a pipe exploded at its Texas gas export terminal, Freeport LNG had been trying to figure out what was wrong, records show. The June 8 blast forced the plant to close and took almost a fifth of U.S. liquefied natural gas exports offline."

Source: E&E News, 11/01/2022


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