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 …
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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…
Monday, August 13, 2018
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…
Monday, July 23, 2018
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni on Monday outlined a number of actions the parish has taken to eliminate noxious odors officials believe are coming from the parish’s landfill in Waggaman, including declaring the landfill's private operator t…
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Jefferson Parish residents plagued by roving clouds of stench will have to wait until at least next week for more answers from state and local officials.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Jefferson Parish has halted collection of liquid industrial waste at its landfill near Waggaman and is looking at other possible changes as complaints of intolerable smells and health problems mount, many from across the Mississippi River in Harah…
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Officials from a Mississippi flood-control district that wants to dam the Pearl River near Jackson will face two potentially tough audiences next month when they present an overview of a draft feasibility and environmental impact statement on the …
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Despite ongoing objections from parish leaders, state officials have begun conducting soil tests near the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, according to a statement Tuesday from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
Monday, July 09, 2018
The dusky gopher frog will be at the center of one of the first cases before the nation's nine — or eight — highest justices when their new term begins Oct. 1.
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Plans to build a massive new levee system protecting parts of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes received a congressional OK for federal funding Thursday, the last major hurdle for a project that’s been in the works for nearly 40 years.
A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the U.S. government to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 oil spill that poured nearly 2,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, court records filed Thursday show.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The hurricane risk to the United States has sharply decreased this season, with ocean conditions becoming less favorable for the storms' formation, according to a closely watched forecast released Monday.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
As both sides await a decision on a lawsuit brought by 13 St. John the Baptist Parish residents against a chemical manufacturer, the results of a new assessment by the state Department of Health show that students attending a school close to the D…
Friday, June 29, 2018
The standoff between Plaquemines Parish and a state agency over the right to do soil testing for a major sediment diversion project continued Friday, with neither side blinking as the deadline for the parish to give permission for the needed testi…
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The delicate and sometimes controversial balance between green space and recreational areas at Audubon Park should remain as it is, the board that oversees the park decided this week.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
After two years of dealing with failing water meters around the parish, a solution may finally be in sight for St. John the Baptist Parish residents with questionable $300 water bills.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Louisiana health officials posted a warning about swimming in Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville after a weekly test of water quality Friday found fecal coliform bacteria levels that were 135 times above acceptable limits for swimming.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Widening the Pearl River near Jackson, Mississippi, is the best way to prevent flooding in the area, a Mississippi levee district concluded in a long-awaited draft environmental impact statement released last week.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Orleans Parish, the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board said Friday. No human West Nile virus or Zika virus cases have been reported in Orleans Parish.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The fight between the state and Plaquemines Parish over a key project in the state’s 50-year coastal master plan is escalating, with the board that oversees the state’s coastal restoration efforts threatening to withhold funding for other Plaquemi…
Friday, June 15, 2018
Of the 7.6 billion people alive in the world, four have walked on the moon. About the same number practice acupuncture on penguins.
Monday, June 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting $14 million toward building the long-planned Comite River Diversion Canal, the agency announced Monday, along with millions more for infrastructure projects and dredging in Louisiana.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets about tearing up air pollution standards, environmental activists are warning that it’s bad news for Louisiana, which faces the prospect of more hurricanes and other severe weather events.
Sunday, June 03, 2018
What was once called the "two lakes" project, a controversial idea to prevent flooding in the Jackson, Mississippi, area by damming the Pearl River, is going by a new moniker these days: Demonstration Project for the Pearl River Basin.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The last big piece of the multibillion-dollar system built after Hurricane Katrina to protect the New Orleans area from flooding during a hurricane or other severe storm is in place, officials said Thursday, marking the end of construction on a se…