This is just plain BAD!
Shame on Google News for not putting Mississippi River news on the front page!
Mining Awareness – Runaway Barges Endanger Nuclear Power Stations-Essential Infrastructure: Life on the Mississippi <— TIP: local residents, remember if electricy goes out gas stations cannot sell gas and cash machines don’t work. Be prepared in advance!
Jan. 19 – 4.2M Frack-Quake in OK
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Colfax, Louisiana needs help!
Clean Harbors Colfax, LLC (a Massachusetts company) is conducting an Open Burn of 500,000 pounds a year near the central Louisiana town of Colfax with the approval of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The company has made application to increase the amount of hazardous waste to 2 million pounds a year in 2016. Companies from all over the country are shipping their hazardous waste explosives to Louisiana to be burned, releasing toxic chemicals and particles into our air. Federal law prohibits the open burning of hazardous waste; an exception is made only for waste explosives IF there is no alternative disposal method, but multiple alternative disposal methods that are much safer now exist.
Oppose the open burning of hazardous waste materials at the Clean Harbors Colfax, LLC facility located on Highway 471, Colfax, LA.
Voice your opposition to the open burning/open detonation of explosives, propellants, warheads, airbags, expired fireworks and other materials that are releasing toxic chemicals into our air, water, and soil Please open web site and sign this petition:
Registration for the public comments begins at 4pm on February 23 at the Civic Center in Colfax LA. All who wish to speak must register on site. Public comments begin at 6pm and will be conducted by DEQ. Everything is recorded. If you want to send anything back to DEQ in Baton Rouge you may hand that in.
The civic center is located at 1290 Main Street in Colfax.
New York Times – Inequality in the Air We Breathe?
For years, one of the largest employers in that area was the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, about four miles from Minden. The Environmental Protection Agency eventually listed the plant as a Superfund site because for more than 40 years “untreated explosives-laden wastewater from industrial operations was collected in concrete sumps at each of the various load line areas,” and emptied into “16 one-acre pink water lagoons.” It was determined that the toxic contamination in soil and sediments from the lagoons was a “major contributor” to toxic groundwater contamination.
. . . . Fifteen years ago, Robert D. Bullard published Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality. In it, he pointed out that nearly 60 percent of the nation’s hazardous-waste landfill capacity was in “five Southern states (i.e., Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas),” and that “four landfills in minority ZIP codes areas represented 63 percent of the South’s total hazardous-waste capacity” although “blacks make up only about 20 percent of the South’s total population.”