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La. Issues Permits For Complex That Would Double Area's Toxic Emissions

"The state of Louisiana has issued a series of key air quality permits for a gargantuan proposed petrochemical complex that would roughly double toxic emissions in its local area and, according to environmentalists, become one of the largest plastics pollution-causing facilities in the world."

Source: Guardian, 01/08/2020

“Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle To Save the Florida Panther”

Sometimes in the face of bad news, it can help to laugh a little. That’s what award-winning environmental writer Craig Pittman may help readers do with his new dispatch from the Sunshine State. Our latest BookShelf reviews Pittman’s upcoming witty, truth-telling volume,“Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle To Save the Florida Panther.”

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January 24, 2020

DEADLINE: IJNR's Gulf Coast Institute

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists on an expenses-paid learning expedition to Louisiana and Texas, March 15-21, 2020, to explore a host of issues impacting ecological, economic and cultural systems in the Gulf. Apply by Jan 24.

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Mississippi Sues Fed Over Spillway Opening Harm to Wildlife, Localities

"Officials in Mississippi are trying to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission to consult with them before opening the Bonnet Carré Spillway in Louisiana again and flooding the region with polluted river water."

Source: AP, 12/31/2019

“Cancer Alley” Toxic Polluters Face Little Oversight From Regulators

"Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality has been accused of protecting the chemical industry it regulates. The agency is facing cutbacks as new plants are slated for communities that already have some of the country’s most toxic air."

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 12/20/2019

Denka Lobbied To Undermine Science Behind ‘Likely’ Cancer-Causing Toxic

"Facing public pressure to rein in its pollution, a Japanese chemical manufacturer has instead launched an aggressive, years-long campaign to undermine the science showing that its compounds could cause cancer, according to newly released documents reviewed by the Guardian."

Source: Guardian, 12/20/2019

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