GONZALES — The Ascension Parish Council held off Thursday on adopting a critical ordinance to trigger new federal flood insurance rate maps south of Gonzales and in Sorrento amid public complaints about looming repercussions from new floodways als…
All of Louisiana will be at some level of flood risk this spring, federal meteorologists indicated Thursday.
Mosaic Fertilizer recently stopped draining a giant threatened lake of acidic water atop its waste pile in St. James Parish that some feared could break open and release its hazardous contents to harm surrounding swamps.
The Mississippi River appeared to hit its crest Tuesday in Baton Rouge after an extended rise following heavy rain up river, reaching the seventh-highest level in recorded history, authorities said.
The local groundwater board intends to double the fees for water pumped for residential and industrial use in an effort to secure more funding to protect the aquifer beneath Baton Rouge.
NAPOLEONVILLE — State agriculture and forestry agents say they caught an Assumption Parish man illegally felling and milling cypress trees on remote state land only accessible by boat in the swamp near Lake Verret.
CLINTON — East Feliciana Parish School Board members heard Tuesday that the school system saved more than $250,000 on utility costs during the first year of an energy-savings program made possible through a federally subsidized loan.
GONZALES — The owners of more than 1,200 properties in southern Ascension Parish could see lower flood insurance rates after the adoption of new FEMA flood maps, though 340 other properties in the same area could be tagged with higher risk ratings.
GONZALES — An unexpected shutdown at the Westlake Chemical vinyls plant in Ascension Parish overwhelmed an emergency scrubber with toxic chlorine earlier this month, leading to the release of a small amount of the gas and sending a handful of work…
A small chlorine gas leak from the Westlake Chemical vinyls plant in Geismar on March 4 was the ninth accidental release since the start of 2018. Here are the others:
State authorities have acceded to environmental groups who lambasted a recent proposal to loosen requirements on pollution clean-up.
Fertilizer maker The Mosaic Co. said it will cut phosphate production by 300,000 tons for the spring season, a move that will affect its Louisiana and Florida facilities.
Faced with rainy skies and shrinking room in a key reservoir, Mosaic Fertilizer has halted pumping out a lake filled with acid water, at least for now.
At best, activists said Friday, the state's proposed new environmental rules show that regulators are being thoughtless; at worst, they're choosing to give polluters a free pass.
As the Mississippi River makes its springtime rise, Baton Rouge and state officials are keeping an eye on the water level.
Officials with Mosaic Fertilizer, which owns an unstable pile of waste phosphogypsum and a 140-acre lake of acidic water atop it, are encouraged by recent efforts to halt a potential environmental disaster in St. James Parish.
State officials are planning to push the Trump administration this spring to forgive $2 billion in interest the state estimates it is on the hook to pay for the multibillion-dollar New Orleans-area flood prevention system.
One of Louisiana’s foremost coastal restoration experts and advocates died this week, leaving behind what family and friends hope is a legacy of keeping science at the center of policy decisions as the state navigates environmental issues.
A shipping company has been convicted of dumping oily waste into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.
Scientists will be scanning for colorful beads and other Mardi Gras throws that make their way into the Mississippi River after this year's Carnival season.
The National Audubon Society has deemed the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, a $1.3 billion Mississippi River diversion planned for lower Plaquemines Parish, a key project necessary to protect and restore bird populations along the U.S. Gulf Coas…
Swarms of bats have taken up unwelcome residence at Zachary High, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Vermilion Parish’s Gueydan High in recent weeks.
A recently created interactive map lets people know if pollution has made a Louisiana waterway unsafe for swimming, and tells anglers whether it's safe to eat their catch.
CONVENT — Shouting "shut it down" on the front lawn of Mosaic Fertilizer's administrative office, a collection of St. James Parish residents, outside environmental activists and pastors called Wednesday for the state to close the Uncle Sam plant w…
Mosaic Fertilizer executives and their contractors are scrambling to find new places to store millions of gallons of highly acidic water being drained from a slumping 140-acre lake atop a towering waste pile in St. James Parish.
CONVENT — Hundreds of trucks a day will be traveling this week through a mushy cane field north of Mosaic Fertilizer's huge phosphogypsum waste pile in St. James Parish to dump 150,000 cubic yards of earth in hopes of blunting a slow-moving, poten…
Louisiana viewers who decide to tune into the Super Bowl on Sunday instead of boycotting it will hear a football-oriented environmental appeal.
VACHERIE — More than 125 St. James Parish residents, environmentalists and social justice activists rallied at a meeting hall here Tuesday night to call for resistance to the parish's continued industrialization.
Flying drones toward hurricanes to gather better scientific data is just one idea under consideration as LSU researchers team up with their colleagues around the Gulf to better understand tropical storms.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Bren Haase to head the state's coastal restoration agency, less than six months after the previous director took office, according to a news release.
Environmental regulators are engaged in emergency mode in monitoring the stability of a large waste pile at a Mosaic Fertilizer plant in St. James Parish that is threatening to collapse along its northern face, state officials said Friday.
VACHERIE — Formosa Chemical's plans for a $9.4 billion plant in a poor, rural section of St. James Parish has cleared a major hurdle although opponents are vowing to challenge the project in court.
It’s not quite time to congratulate two Sumatran tigers at the Baton Rouge Zoo for becoming fathers, but they’re on the way after veterinarians spent part of Thursday collecting their semen.
When the red snapper season begins this summer in the Gulf of Mexico, some fish will carry $250 and even $500 worth of tags, as part of a study to estimate just how many of the popular sport and table fish live in the Gulf. The fish can be release…
It was a made-to-order two days for fishing along Louisiana's coast. The cerulean skies and deeper blue water against bottle green vegetation amplified these anglers' main motivation for being out there — an effort to save this exquisite-yet-endan…
Clinton missed a key deadline Thursday to resolve problems with its troubled water system and the town could soon face daily fines of up to $847.
Roughly two dozen residents from around the Winbourne Avenue area of Baton Rouge met Wednesday night to express their interest in joining a class-action lawsuit against the City-Parish relating to 2016 flood damage.
Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority must ensure that its former chairman is "walled off" from agency work now that he's taken a job running a contracting firm working for the state.
Ascension and Livingston parishes and an area levee district appear close to working out a deal to allow initial work to proceed on the controversial $24 million Laurel Ridge Levee extension.
The U.S. Army Corps new study of the Amite River basin is still in its nascent stages, but already engineers are considering tackling mega projects like the Darlington Reservoir and expanding their footprint farther into Livingston Parish and the …
GONZALES — Ascension Wastewater Treatment and state environmental regulators have reached tentative settlement of longstanding compliance orders that required over $10 million in upgrades to more than 150 community sewer systems in Ascension, Livi…
A Clinton resident troubled by his town's financial and water problems claims to have collected nearly 65 percent of the signatures necessary to force a vote on Lori Ann Bell's future.
CLINTON — Business owners wake up early to boil enough water to get them through the day before they flip the front door signs to "OPEN." Residents keep their phones close by to ensure they’ll see the boil advisory issue before they next need to t…
The state has closed on the $11.7 million purchase of a 515-acre tract of land near Thibodaux that will be the new home of the current residents of Isle de Jean Charles, whose narrow strip of land is under threat from the rising Gulf of Mexico.
PONCHATOULA — The board that oversees Port Manchac agreed Tuesday to study whether it makes sense to lease the port property for a mixed-use development and swamp resort.
The Mississippi River is expected to reach official flood stage this weekend, and while the levees will hold the water back, the military has begun following flood fighting protocol.
The Trump administration reversed course Friday and said it will restart the sale and renewal of federal flood insurance policies amid an ongoing government shutdown.