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Exxon Refinery Catches Fire Day After Government Settles Over Pollution From Other Gulf Plants

November 1, 2017

Photo by Julie Dermansky

 

See full article by Julie Dermansky for Desmog Blog here:

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/11/01/exxon-refinery-fire-epa-pollution-gulf-louisiana

 

From the article:

 

Early morning skies Wednesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were alight from a fire that started around 2:30 a.m. at an ExxonMobil refinery. The blaze, though contained before the sun came up, is a reminder to the surrounding community of yet another danger of living next to refineries and chemical plants.

 

Exxon’s refinery is located along the stretch of Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans known as “Cancer Alley” due to the high number of chemical plants and refineries — and illnesses possibly connected to emissions — along the river’s banks.

 

Exxon issued a statement to CBS affiliate WAFB while the fire smoldered, saying the community was not impacted by emissions from the refinery fire and that air quality readings were “below detectable limits.”

 

Mary Lee Orr, executive director of The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), questions the possibility of making such a determination so fast. Her group has been working with Cancer Alley communities, helping to reduce their exposure to pollution from the area’s oil and petrochemical industry.

 

Exxon’s Baton Rouge refinery is adjacent to one of the company’s eight facilities named in a settlement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and announced October 31.

 

See full article by Julie Dermansky for Desmog Blog here:

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/11/01/exxon-refinery-fire-epa-pollution-gulf-louisiana

 

 

 

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