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Environment
7:49 am
Mon January 7, 2013

St. Bernard Plans Tree Collection

Tossed-out Christmas trees will be picked up Monday through Thursday in St. Bernard Parish. Officials of the parish road department said tress must be at curbside and free of decorations.

The pick-up schedule shows:

— Monday and Tuesday: Arabi to Paris Road in Chalmette.

— Tuesday and Wednesday: Paris Road east to Hannan Boulevard.

— Wednesday and Thursday: Hannan Boulevard east, including communities in eastern St. Bernard.

Latest News
12:13 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Judge: Houston Company Must Pay for Faked Tests

A judge says a Houston company must pay $1 million in fines and community service payments for falsifying water tests at an offshore production platform in 2009.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says in a news release that U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced W&T Offshore Inc. on Thursday. The company had pleaded guilty to tampering with monitoring required under the Clean Water Act.

Permits require monthly tests of whether oil and grease discharges are within federal limits.

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Politics
10:42 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Vitter Named Top Republican on Environment Committee

U.S. Senator David Vitter has been named deputy Senate whip and will take over as the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The committee has jurisdiction over levees, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environment Protection Agency, and two major bills coming up this year: the highway bill and the Water Resources Development Act.

Vitter also remains on the Small Business, the Armed Services, the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committees.

BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

$1.4 Billion Transocean Settlement May Set New Legal Standard

Massive settlements may be evidence of new legal precedent.

A federal judge will be asked to approve a proposed $1.4 billion settlement linked to the BP oil spill in 2010. Rig owner Transocean has reached a deal with the Department of Justice that appears to be creating legal precedent.

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BP Oil Spill
2:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Transocean To Pay $1.4 Billion In Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

The Transocean Discoverer Enterprise drill ship collects oil from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well as workers try to stem the flow of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, June 12, 2010.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:10 pm

Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig where 11 men died in April 2010, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion in criminal and civil penalties to resolve Justice Department allegations over its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Environment
11:58 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Orleans, Jefferson to Recycle Trees to Help Marsh

Even though Christmas is over, your tree can keep on giving.

WDSU-TV reports officials in Orleans and Jefferson parish are again picking up live trees for use in marsh restoration.

Folks are asked to remove all tinsel and ornaments from trees and then put them on the curb for pickup. Collection dates for both parishes are Jan. 10 through the 12th.

Flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the recycling program.

Environment
10:48 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Charges Filed in Paper Mill Spill

The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, for violating federal environmental laws.

The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company's paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011.

A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Dec. 20 says a "liquor" produced during the processing of pulpwood into paper pulp was discharged, resulting in the death of thousands of fish.

Environment
10:43 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Workers Finish Atchafalaya Basin Dredging Project

Workers have completed a dredging project designed to improve water quality in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the dredging work is designed to move freshwater from the Atchafalaya River into a swamp within the Attakapas Island Wildlife Management Area in St. Mary Parish.

DNR says the $184,000 project will improve water quality off the east bank of the river near Grand Lake.

The Atchafalaya Basin Technical Advisory Group approved the project.

Latest News
3:33 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Kenner Restarts Recycling Program

Kenner officials say two locations are now available for residents to drop off recyclable materials.

Kenner suspended its recycling program after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

The city and contractor Ramelli Waste have set up collection locations on Vintage Drive and at the City Hall.

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4:11 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

New Vehicle Tax Break Regulations Take Effect

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with new regulations that spell out limits for the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit.

The final rule governing the tax credit program is being published Thursday and will take effect this week.

The alternative fuel vehicle tax break's cost has grown much larger than estimated and had become a headache for the Republican governor because of differing interpretations about eligibility.

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