S. Louisiana hit with big tornado damage

The WatchersDestructive tornadoes hit Louisiana, state of emergency declared

WAFB report – PHOTOS

Thirty-one reported injured after tornadoes pummel Louisiana

LINK – http://youtu.be/_TXBURVc0Ww

John Barry on the coastal wetlands of Louisiana (video) + NEWS

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The Advocate Proposed pipeline highlights legacy of problems in Atchafalaya Basin
BY RICHARD BURGESS

The pipeline would run 163 miles across south Louisiana, from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin to St. James Parish, bridging a gap between oil refineries in Louisiana and a major oil and gas hub in Texas.”

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Feb. 1 – TEXAS – The Panola County Airport-Sharpe Field in Carthage had a pipeline explosion.

“The Panola County Airport-Sharpe Field in Carthage is closed after a reported pipeline explosion destroyed part of the runway. A blowout in a DCP Midstream pipeline occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near the northern end of runway 17, according to the airport. No injuries were reported. Airport officials estimated a hole in the runway measures 12 feet deep and 30 feet in diameter. . . “

Big sinkhole in S. Africa – they are like Florida with limestone loose crud under the soil. Large earth fissure opens in Northern Cape, South Africa – article has video

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Geismar, Louisiana – Mismanagement of Hazardous Waste

Innophos Addresses Mismanagement of Hazardous Waste at Louisiana Facility Under Settlement Agreement

Contact: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

DALLAS – (Jan. 12, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Innophos has agreed to cease sending hazardous waste from the company’s facility in Geismar, Louisiana, to an adjacent facility that was not permitted for hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal. The agreement resolves alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Innophos will also pay a $1,398,000 civil penalty.

Innophos manufactures purified phosphoric acid from merchant-grade acid at its facility in Geismar, Louisiana. Innophos sent hazardous waste streams to a neighboring phosphoric acid manufacturing facility that produces acid from phosphate ore. One waste stream, called RP pondwater, consisted of an acidic stream contaminated with arsenic, cadmium and chromium. The other waste stream, called raffinate, consisted of a concentrated acid stream contaminated with cadmium and chromium.

Today’s settlement requires Innophos to cease shipments of RP Pondwater waste to a facility not authorized to receive it, a measure that Innophos has already implemented. The settlement also requires Innophos to modify the way the raffinate stream is handled by disposing of the waste only in disposal units that are authorized to accept it or by treating the waste on-site.Today’s settlement requires Innophos to cease sending RP pondwater waste to a facility not authorized to receive it, a measure that Innophos has already implemented. The settlement also requires Innophos to modify the way the raffinate stream is handled by disposing of the waste only at facilities that are authorized to accept it or by treating the waste on-site.

The violations were discovered during an EPA inspection of the Geismar facility in 2004. Innophos has already made changes to come into compliance with regards to the RP pondwater waste stream by modifying its filter process, and is pursuing an underground injection control well permit for disposal of the raffinate waste stream.

This settlement supports EPA’s National Enforcement Initiative to reduce pollution from mining and mineral processing.

With the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as co-plaintiff, the United States, on behalf of EPA, has lodged a consent decree and filed a complaint in the Middle District U.S. Court in Louisiana. The filing of the complaint and lodging of the consent decree will be followed by a 45-day public comment period. Information about submitting public comment and a copy of the consent decree are available at www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html.

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