DOW Chemical spokeswoman Stacey Chiasson said they were in the process of restoring power to the plant as of 5:45 p.m. which she said will help the company stop the leak. No injuries have been reported, she said, and everyone in the plant is accounted for.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The five Gulf states are getting nearly $370 million for 24 projects to restore natural resources damaged by the massive 2010 oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Tuesday.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
John Price is a Louisiana rancher. But instead of hooves and horns, his livestock have scales and claws, and sometimes they put their food into what's known as a "death roll."
Thursday, November 03, 2016
The EPA is giving the East Baton Rouge Parish school system $773,000 to replace 30 of its diesel school buses over the next two years with more eco-friendly propane-powered buses.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ready to declare the Baton Rouge area in compliance with federal ozone standards, the agency announced Tuesday, an achievement for the area's decades-long effort to hit tightening federal pollution targets.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A project that would divert a part of the mighty Mississippi River into coastal wetlands to help build and stabilize Louisiana’s shrinking coast took another step forward Wednesday.
AT&T has given the nonprofit City Year $250,000 to expand its service to Broadmoor High School, its first high school in the Capital City.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Mini Maker Faire features makers of all kinds with demonstrations, workshops and hands-on activities. The event was held at the East Baton Rouge Library Main Branch.
Louisiana leads the country in properties that are repeatedly swamped by water and rebuilt using flood insurance payments, with state residents receiving $1.2 billion since 1978 for damage to houses and businesses that have flooded multiple times.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Even as Hurricane Matthew rolled up the east coast of Florida Friday morning, some people were casting a worried eye at the forecasted track of the storm, expected to loop back south starting Sunday and possibly even head into the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The new slogan to bring renewed attention to reducing littering in the Bayou State bears a simple message: "Love the boot, don't pollute."
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Louisiana ranks near the bottom in the nation for energy efficiency, according to the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Tuesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Monday, September 26, 2016
PLAQUEMINE — Four men injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant were awarded a total of $13.6 million in damages after an Iberville Parish jury late Monday night ruled the company, several plant officials and its parent c…
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
With billions of dollars in coastal restoration projects in the works, the state would like to see a little give from the federal government by forgiving a $1.6 billion cost share for the New Orleans area levee work after Hurricane Katrina.
Fall 2016 starts on Thursday, finally giving people living in the vicinity of Baton Rouge and Lafayette the chance to say goodbye to the rainiest summer ever recorded in either Louisiana city.
Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to step up the fight to win damages from oil and gas companies for their role in damaging Louisiana's wetlands over many decades, saying Wednesday that he wants all coastal parishes to join in litigation against the ene…
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The salt water seeping through the Baton Rouge fault, getting ever closer to wells used to get water for drinking and industrial purposes, isn’t where the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Commission expected it to be.
Monday, September 19, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a three-year, $328 million restoration strategy for Gulf of Mexico coastal parishes and counties Monday in response to damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
More than six years have passed since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil, and later this month officials from state and federal agencies responsible for overseeing recovery e…
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
An air permit approved last year for the Yuhuang Chemical Inc. plant in St. James Parish has been sent back to the state for more work after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed with environmental groups that the permit is not up to par.
One week remains for those interested in voting in the Cox Conserves Heroes program which honors Louisiana residents for their environmental work with a $20,000 prize going to the nonprofit of their choice.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
With $100 million a year payments looming to repay the federal government for the state's share of the cost of the stronger post-Katrina New Orleans levee system, the state is trying to sell the idea that billions of dollars in coastal restoration…
Monday, September 12, 2016
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Against stiff competition, two Louisiana groups received a collective $1.3 million of the $26.6 million in grants for agriculture and conservation innovation announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Only eight percent of Louisiana cities and 25 percent of its participate in a federal program that allows authorities a chance to give residents a break on flood insurance premiums,
Climate change is significantly increasing the likelihood that intense, heavy rains of the type Louisiana saw in August will happen with greater frequency, researchers say in a report released Wednesday.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
The historic flooding last month across much of south Louisiana may have a small silver lining: It likely provided a boost to a strip of land that helps provide a defense against storm surge for parts of Livingston, Ascension and even East Baton R…
Monday, September 05, 2016
Labor Day is a holiday many people reserve for barbecues, one last beach visit or just a day to relax, but it lived up to its name for many East Baton Rouge Parish residents who were still working Monday to clean out their flood-damaged homes.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
The smell of honey lingers among the largely empty hives and the metal honey extraction shed on a wooded piece of land sandwiched between a strip mall and a Dollar General store, just a few steps from Greenwell Springs Road.
Friday, September 02, 2016
Starting Friday, the debris contractor in East Baton Rouge Parish will be allowed to move material from the North Sherwood Forest temporary location to the Ronaldson Field Landfill during the evenings.
A long-time Baton Rouge-based environmental activist and winner of the Heinz Award for her work in Louisiana’s industrial corridor, died Wednesday, according to her friends and environmental co-workers.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
CEDAR KEY, Fla. (AP) — People on Florida's Gulf Coast put up shutters, nailed plywood across storefronts and braced Thursday for Tropical Storm Hermine, which the state's governor called potentially life-threatening as forecasters said it could st…
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
On Aug. 12, the rain started falling and the rivers started rising, and floodwaters soon washed over much of Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes.
Window-rattling thunderstorms bookended a dreadfully slow-moving chain of storms three weeks ago, keeping the rain spigot flowing on the Baton Rouge area during August, a month that will go down as the rainiest ever recorded in Louisiana's capital city.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A tropical wave that has been watched for a week and a half as it crossed the Atlantic Ocean entered the Gulf of Mexico Monday, and on Wednesday, could make the expected eastward turn toward the Florida coastline.
Monday, August 29, 2016
The long-watched tropical weather system that has been creeping toward the Gulf of Mexico for days emerged from north of Cuba on Monday afternoon.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
The National Hurricane Center is now advising that Invest 99L's chances of developing into a topical system over the next five days, according to a Sunday afternoon update.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The piles of debris lining the streets of many flooded neighborhoods now come with their own signage – “Our crap, not your's,” or “you loot, we shoot,” or even more to the point, “do not touch.”
Friday, August 26, 2016
If it feels like south Louisiana has been in a battle with Mother Nature this year, there’s good reason. The year started with major flooding on the Mississippi River and the hits kept coming up until the latest spell of powerful storms that dropp…
That straight water mark line running across homes, businesses and even vehicles across south Louisiana from last week’s flood can tell federal planners a lot about the past and future of flood risk management.
As a tropical wave moves westward toward the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters on Friday were predicting that Louisiana isn't likely to be in the path should the system develop into a storm in the coming days.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The latest report from the National Weather Service says there's a 70 percent chance Invest 99 will develop into a tropical system in the next few days...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday afternoon that "99L" lacks a well-defined circulation but has tropical storm-force winds in squalls...
Debris pickup should move more quickly now that the state Department of Environmental Quality approved allowing mattresses, furniture and carpets to be taken to construction and demolition landfills.
Although backwater flooding remains an issue in some areas, the entire Amite River is now below flood stage and water levels should continue to fall, according to an update from the National Weather Service.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Despite power outages and flooding, the Baton Rouge Water Company continued to provide drinking water to East Baton Rouge Parish largely due to lessons learned in the many hurricanes that have run through south Louisiana.