Environmental Protection Agency

Red River Radio
8:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Louisianans turn out for Texas hearing on oil refinery emissions

More than 120 people traveled to suburban Houston Tuesday to attend the final public hearing on new EPA rules that govern the amount of cancer-causing chemicals refineries are allowed to emit.

A busload came from Louisiana where more than 200,000 residents live within two miles of a refinery, according to Katie Moore, research analyst for the activist group Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

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Latest News
8:16 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Environmental Groups Seeking More Air Quality Monitoring

About 30 people have traveled from New Orleans to Texas to testify at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on air quality.

They want increased air quality monitoring at oil and gas refineries.

Beverly Wright is director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans. She says monitoring is now sporadic.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

EPA Tightens Reporting Standards For Refinery, Chemical Plant Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit on measuring toxic emissions from refineries and chemical plants. The move comes after complaints by community groups in Texas and Louisiana.

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Red River Radio
9:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Southern University at Shreveport's EPA program is pipeline to jobs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's job training program got underway Monday at the Shreveport Fire and Police Academy. The program includes 125 hours of instruction.

More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Rebuilding Together And EPA Helping Algiers Family

An Algiers family will be getting free high-end energy-efficient appliances installed tomorrow by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together. The project managed to sidestep a government shutdown and Tropical Storm Karen.

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Environment
11:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

State Officials Deny EPA Violation Claim

State environmental quality officials say they followed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's instructions on submitting a plan to reduce ozone, but they are unsure why Louisiana was included on a list of states that failed to do so.

On Jan. 4, the EPA sent notices of failure to 28 states while also acknowledging that the letters are the result of unclear guidance from the federal agency.

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BP Oil Spill
11:37 am
Wed November 28, 2012

EPA Temporarily Halts New Federal Contracts For BP

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Citing a "lack of business integrity," the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was temporarily suspending the oil giant BP from entering into new contracts with the federal government.

In a press release, the EPA said BP demonstrated the lack of integrity during the Deepwater Horizon "blowout, explosion, oil spill and response." This kind of suspension, the EPA explained, is "standard practice when a responsibility question is raised by action in a criminal case."

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Utilities
11:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

EPA awards $17M grant to La. for water systems

Louisiana is receiving a $17 million federal grant for improvements to public drinking water systems.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the funding Thursday.

The dollars, from the EPA's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, are going to the state Department of Health and Hospitals for loan assistance for water system infrastructure upgrades and repairs.

The program is designed to promote safe drinking water for communities.

Gulf Dead Zone
12:54 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Vitter: EPA gives La grant to help fight dead zone

U.S. Sen. David Vitter says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award a $100,000 grant to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to help fight the Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone."

Vitter says the grant will be used to help reduce hypoxia, or low oxygen levels in the Gulf, caused by increased nutrients transported from the Mississippi River.

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Reports
6:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Two Environmental Groups Asking For Federal Takeover Of State Department of Environmental Quality

Two environmental groups are asking the federal government to take over the state Department of Environmental Quality. The request is sparked by four accidents over the past two months.

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