Coastal Desk

The Environmental Protection Agency released new standards on Tuesday for emissions from petroleum refineries.

The EPA says the standards will cut down on CO2 emissions and prevent about 1.4 million people from being exposed to pollutants in the air, like benzene. Regularly breathing such pollutants can cause respiratory problems, increased risk of cancer and other health problems.

The agency says the new rule will result in a reduction of 5,200 tons of toxic air pollutants each year and a 15-20 percent reduction in cancer incidence associated with refinery emissions.

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Entrepreneurs and businesspeople met at the New Orleans business incubator Propeller on Thursday night to learn about how they can help restore the coast.

September 24 marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita. It hit the western part of the state less than a month after Katrina and re-flooded parts of New Orleans where the levees had failed.

Lake Charles is holding a hurricane awareness day this Saturday in conjunction with ongoing efforts to open a new hurricane museum.

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The National Science Foundation will spend nearly half a million dollars to help a University of New Orleans chemistry professor study sunlight and oil spills. WWNO reporter Tegan Wendland had a conversation with UNO chemistry professor Matthew Tarr.

Tarr wants to better understand how the sun breaks down oil on the water’s surface.


Tomorrow marks the anniversary of Hurricane Rita's landfall in Texas and Louisiana. Cameron Parish got hit the hardest by the category 3 storm. Luckily, two days before Rita hit, almost the entire population of Cameron Parish, around 9,500 people, evacuated. Most of the homes and businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged by storm surge and high winds. A third of the population still hasn’t returned.

More than 150 people crowded the Belle Chasse Auditorium, many of them making their case to representatives from the Department of Natural Resources.
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A public hearing on a proposed coal export terminal in Plaquemines parish drew a big crowd on Thursday.

Jesse Hardman

Over the last decade more than $14 billion was spent to upgrade New Orleans’s storm protection system. But ask around, and you’ll get a variety of responses as to how safe the city actually is now when it comes to storms and flooding.

Mark Schleifstein is the Environment reporter for | The Times-Picayune. He’s been covering all facets of New Orleans’s attempts to shore up it’s natural and man-made defense systems.

St. Charles Parish Government

St Charles Parish officials hope to gain more control over their local wetlands by adopting their own coastal plan.

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A federal agency that oversees offshore leasing wants input on the environmental impacts of drilling in the Gulf. The Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, or BOEM, is one of two government agencies that regulate the offshore industry. It held a meeting in New Orleans Thursday as part of its role of leasing drilling rights throughout the Gulf.

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