Monday, November 12, 2018
Teams of geologists and other scientists spread out Monday to take soil samples across New Orleans, the first step in an ambitious project to study the city's groundwater with an eye toward one day predicting future flooding events and what areas …
The parent of a student at Fifth Ward Elementary School in Reserve has filed a lawsuit against the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board, demanding that students be moved from the school because of concerns they’re breathing a “likely carcinoge…
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Note: Today The New Orleans Advocate debuts a monthly feature, “Geographies of New Orleans,” in which Tulane University geographer Richard Campanella explores aspects of our region’s physical, urban and human geography, past and present.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Members of the Jefferson Parish Council said Wednesday it may be time to consider seeking federal help and possibly pursuing legal action against state environmental officials in an attempt to determine what is causing the foul smells — and recent…
Monday, November 05, 2018
A federal judge on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against LaPlace chemical plant owner Denka Performance Elastomer can move forward, a small victory for plaintiffs who are trying to force the company to agree to reduce the plant's emissions of a pote…
Thursday, November 01, 2018
The boil-water advisory issued Wednesday for much of the east bank of St. Charles Parish was rescinded Thursday for areas of Destrehan and St. Rose south of the Canadian National Railroad. However, all areas north of the railroad in New Sarpy, Des…
More than 771,000 gallons of chemical dispersant were applied onto the spewing Macondo wellhead, nearly a mile beneath the surface, in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster — a controversial and unprecedented attempt to break u…
A report commissioned by the private operator of the Jefferson Parish landfill in Waggaman says that the facility could not have been the source of the lion's share of the noxious smells that have plagued nearby homeowners on both sides of the Mis…
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Water utilities like the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board would be required to develop timelines for getting rid of lead pipes under a plan being put forward by state Sen. J.P. Morrell.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
A lawsuit filed by a Reserve woman who claims she lives in fear of cancer because of potentially toxic emissions from the nearby Denka Performance Elastomer plant was remanded back to state court after she agreed not to accept monetary damages in …
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
WASHINGTON — A sprawling riverside federal research lab tucked in the Maryland countryside just outside of Washington has for the past half-century been the most fertile breeding ground for endangered whooping cranes.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
It’s been 15 years since Marcia Llewellyn left Norco, a community located next to an industrial complex long known for its distinctive odor, and a place that many residents said had become too polluted to live in.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
The Plaquemines Parish Council fell one vote short Thursday of canceling lawsuits it filed several years ago accusing oil and gas companies of widespread damage to wetlands in the parish that exacerbated coastal erosion.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
The Plaquemines Parish Council on Thursday will consider whether to withdraw — for the second time — from lawsuits filed against oil and gas companies for damages related to coastal land loss.
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Jeanne John recently planted some trees to help with drainage issues in her block of Piedmont Drive in Gentilly Terrace. But she’d like to do more, she said.
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
A private investigator reportedly questioning residents in Harahan about odors that may be emanating from the Jefferson Parish landfill is not working for the parish, President Mike Yenni said Tuesday.
Monday, October 01, 2018
The Louisiana future of the dusky gopher frog — a small, reclusive amphibian that hasn't been seen in the state in 50 years — is in the hands of the eight sitting justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Just three years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared that St. John the Baptist Parish had the highest cancer risk from airborne pollutants of any similar jurisdiction nationwide because of the “likely carcinogen” chloroprene, re…
Friday, September 28, 2018
Testimony by Jefferson Parish officials to a state House committee this week offered new details on how a particular type of industrial waste made its way into the parish landfill in Waggaman.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
State lawmakers grilled members of Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni’s administration and the head of the state Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday about how the parish landfill in Waggaman managed to deteriorate to its current, d…
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday selected an Alabama company to oversee the operations at the parish's troubled Waggaman landfill, but it also discussed efforts to find out whether odors plaguing nearby neighborhoods might be coming from …
Monday, September 17, 2018
New Orleans has long struggled with its laissez-faire culture when it comes to trash. And mayor after mayor has tried to conquer the problem of keeping the city clean.
Corey Claude's construction crew spent Monday breaking up a concrete sidewalk in downtown New Orleans and trying desperately to stay cool.
Friday, September 14, 2018
A proposed dam and reservoir on the Pearl River in Mississippi will not be able to avoid review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under a bill working its way through Congress, creating a new hurdle for a plan that supporters have hoped to push …
Thursday, September 13, 2018
A St. Tammany Parish property owner whose use of his land was restricted by the federal government to protect an endangered frog species said Thursday he is fighting a “radical injustice” and hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will agree with him.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere said that residents along West Beach Parkway wanted the median on their street "dressed up" a bit, and that's what prompted a city project to bring dirt from nearby ditch cleaning to the median, where a backhoe is s…
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
After asking pointed questions about the Mike Yenni administration's oversight of the parish's landfill, the Jefferson Parish Council voted Wednesday to take the first steps in creating a parish air quality office and to study installing a series …
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018
The consultant who studied the Jefferson Parish landfill in Waggaman this summer has recommended almost $7 million in repairs and improvements.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
When a federal official came to Tchoupitoulas Chapel in Reserve last week to meet with the Concerned Citizens of St. John, the group’s leader, Robert Taylor Jr., called it “the best thing that has happened to us in our two-year struggle.”
Friday, August 17, 2018
After hearing nearly two hours of complaints from residents upset over persistent foul odors, the Jefferson Parish Council voted Friday to study the idea of temporarily closing the parish landfill as contractors continue to work on fixing the malf…
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Louisiana politicians are digging in their heels as Mississippi pursues plans for a new reservoir on the Pearl River they fear could harm the Bayou State's ecology.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
As the governor's office prepares to launch a new campaign promoting coastal restoration projects, environmental and financial professionals are asking the state to consider a new strategy to repair wetlands more quickly.
Monday, August 13, 2018
The Jefferson Parish Council will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Friday to allow residents to ask questions about the parish landfill in Waggaman and the odors plaguing nearby communities on both banks of the Mississippi River.
Eight subdivisions in the Mandeville area and two streets were put under a boil water advisory at noon Monday after a communications contractor laying fiber in the area hit an 8-inch water main in the Woodlands subdivision, a spokesman for St. Tam…
Officials said Monday that they are aiming to complete construction of a new federal levee system protecting LaPlace and surrounding areas by 2023, the first concrete timeline for a project originally conceived nearly 50 years ago.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sewer system overflows in state Rep. Paul Hollis' Mandeville-area neighborhood spurred the legislator to push for the creation of a statewide panel to investigate sewage spills and figure out ways to stop them.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Thirteen St. John the Baptist Parish plaintiffs have filed an amended lawsuit against a LaPlace chemical plant, claiming the plant has caused them health problems ranging from shortness of breath to mucus membrane irritation.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Less than two months after the state's coastal protection board threatened to sue Plaquemines Parish if its leaders didn't grant permission for soil tests needed for a planned river diversion, that board has added a member from Plaquemines Parish.
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
A federal judge has dealt a major setback to a lawsuit filed by residents of St. John the Baptist Parish against the chemical company Denka Performance Elastomer, ordering that they must submit new evidence by Thursday that Denka’s emission of the…
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Though it's still about the size of Delaware, the so-called "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is much smaller than researchers were expecting this year.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Oscar Velasquez said he moved to LaPlace in 2002 because he was tired of dealing with flooding in Metairie.
Friday, July 27, 2018
Six months ago, landfill operator River Birch LLC began inspecting a small gas collection plant at the Jefferson Parish Landfill that it was planning to buy from a private company. It found problems almost immediately.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Three New Orleans law firms have filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents affected by noxious odors coming from the Jefferson Parish Landfill.
Billions of dollars have been spent since Hurricane Katrina to upgrade the ring of levees, floodwalls and pumping stations designed to reduce the risk that the New Orleans area will be swamped by another catastrophic storm. But the area's hurrican…
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Former Jefferson Parish President John Young on Tuesday rejected an allegation that his administration improperly allowed the parish’s landfill contractor to get out of performing duties crucial to keeping noxious odors under control at the Waggam…