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Danger roads of SC Parish
February 28, 2007 at 2:54 pm
The number of vehicular crashes in St. Charles Parish has remained steady over the past four years, a trend the Sheriff's Office views as hopeful especially due to a rapid increase in population since 2005.

Parish to Cox: too many cable beefs
February 28, 2007 at 2:52 pm
Two proposals to improve TV cable service passed unanimously during the first March meeting of the St. Charles Parish Council.

Who’s Who in SC Parish?
February 21, 2007 at 3:04 pm
Who's Who in St. Charles Parish? You tell us.

10 reasons to quit smoking;
February 21, 2007 at 3:02 pm
Smoking is something millions of Americans do daily, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, but what many don't realize are the inherent risks that accompany the habit.

Got rentals? FEMA will help you find good tenants ... and it won’t cost you a dime
February 21, 2007 at 1:25 pm
Got a house or apartment for rent? State and federal authorities will help you find a tenant - fast.

Sandra and Allen Washington. “I will not cry,” says Sandra. “I will reach out. ... to help others.” Mom & dad start fund to honor four children killed in car crash
February 21, 2007 at 1:23 pm
The legacy of Allen and Sandra Washington's children, Rachel, Samantha, Allen Jr., and Alandra will continue to survive through the Washington Memomorial Scholarship Foundation, a fund started to remember the four children who died when the car driven by their oldest daughter Rachel, slipped into the the dark, murky, swamp waters along Airline Hwy. in Kenner, on the day before her 21st birthday.

Stop-smoking advice for a better life
February 21, 2007 at 1:20 pm
Smoking is a huge problem in Louisiana and St. Charles Parish, having been identified as one of the Top 10 health threats facing men and women and also children who are exposed to second-hand smoke.

The King and Queen of the Krewe of Ormond: Queen Miriam Loar and her escort Eric Fernandez and King Paul Barrios and his escort Kaitlyn O’Connor. Also pictured are Melissa White and LeRoid Jones who crowned the King and Queen of the Krewe of Ormond.
SC Borromeo Mardi Gras Ball a dazzling night to remember
February 21, 2007 at 1:17 pm
The St. Charles Borromeo Middle School Students and the St. Charles Borromeo Fountain of Youth held their Annual Mardi Gras Ball “The Krewe of Ormond” for the residents of Ormond Nursing and Care Center.

VIP
February 21, 2007 at 1:16 pm
Air Force Airman 1st Class Durell Marshall, right, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Anna Marshall of Luling, and a 2005 graduate of Hahnville High.

Parish President candidate V.J. St. Pierre V.J. St. Pierre running against Snookie for parish president
February 21, 2007 at 1:04 pm
An honorably discharged disabled veteran, retired business owner and life-long parish resident, Vernon J. St. Pierre says the experiences he learned in war and over the course of his life have taught him to be humble, grateful, and appreciate humanity, characteristics he feels will make him the best candidate for parish president.

Aubin Songy who started this precurser to United Way in St. Charles Parish was saluted posthumously for their pioneer-ship in our community.
United Way ‘Victory Party’ celebrates donations of $2.3M
February 21, 2007 at 1:02 pm
United Way of St. Charles had a lot to celebrate at their Victory Celebration on Feb.15. Campaign Co-Chairmen Ron Guillory (Valero) and Snookie Faucheux (Motiva) recognized Texion Chemicals, New Sarpy Kindergarten and St. Charles Community Health Center in particular for contributing the largest increases to the total $2,347,581.01 donated. Valero was also recognized for their employees large contributions to United Way.

Don’t let ‘brown patch fungus’ gobble up your green lawn Don’t let ‘brown patch fungus’ gobble up your green lawn
February 21, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Heavy rains for the better part of the last month in St. Charles have helped stimulate the development of brown patch disease in many St. Augustine lawns.

Ram: Build shelters for cig smokers Ram: Build shelters for cig smokers
February 21, 2007 at 12:53 pm
Councilman ‘Ram’ Ramchandran wants signs and brightly colored tape seperating areas where visitors and employees can and can’t smoke on the grounds of the St. Charles Parish Courthouse. And he believes the state should provide funding to purchase shelters to protect smokers so they won’t get rained on or, in winter, too cold.

St. Charles population boom fuels Cox cable's recovery
February 21, 2007 at 12:35 pm
Increased business and new customers in St. Charles Parish are helping Cox cable get back on its feet after Katrina devastated the communications giant's infrastructure and drove 200,000 people - including 74,000 subscribers - to new homes outside of the New Orleans area.

Looks like rain ... and it's going to be cold, too. Weather Girl Megan
February 14, 2007 at 3:50 pm
Expect a mixed weather bag in the week ahead with chilly temps and lots of clouds. Here's Weather Girl Megan's rundown:

The LSU Rural Life Museum presents Ione E. Burden Symposium, with great exhibits like you see here ... The LSU Rural Life Museum presents Ione E. Burden Symposium, with great exhibits like you see here ...
February 14, 2007 at 3:30 pm
The LSU Rural Life Museum presents the 13th annual Ione E. Burden Symposium on March 3 at the museum in Baton Rouge.

Sheriff’s Reports
February 14, 2007 at 3:24 pm
A 41-year-old man was found guilty of molestation of a juvenile, the St. Charles Parish district attorney said Tuesday.

St. Charles refineries get ‘thumbs up’ from environmental group St. Charles refineries get ‘thumbs up’ from environmental group
February 14, 2007 at 3:22 pm
Nine oil refineries in the United States account for only 15 percent of the nation’s refining capacity but produce a shocking third of total carcinogenic pollution emissions that are reported by the oil industry, according to a new report from the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project.

But when it comes to local-to-St. Charles Parish refineries, we’re in good shape. None of the top polluters are located here.

In fact, a spokesman for the environmental group tells the Herald-Guide that even though all plants produce toxic wastes, Valero St. Charles Refinery in Norco, Motiva Enterprises, LLC in Norco, and Shell Chem LP in St. Rose, all are doing a good job of handling theirs safely and guarding against releases into the environment.

When considering toxic emissions, the size of the plant, and its overall refining capacity,, are prime considerations in how much is too much.

“In a comparision of releases of so-called ‘OSHA carcinogens’ for the three refineries located in St. Charles Parish, you’ll find the numbers are lower on average than other refineries in the United States,” direction Eric Schaeffer, formerly of the Environmental Protectin Agency, told the Herald-Guide from his office in Washington, D.C.

“Shell Norco (east chemical plant) was Louisiana’s second largest source of emissions of “OSHA carcinogens” in 2004,” he adds. “But that’s not surprising given the plant’s size and what it produces.”

In other words, the waste produced was relative to the output and it was handled appropriately.

Disturbingly, Schaeffer said, smaller refineries in other parishes and other states are producing a disproportionate amount of toxic wastes.

And he says that what he calls “major inconsistencies” in the carcinogen emission data analyzed by EIP “raise serious questions about the accuracy and completeness of oil industry reporting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about such pollution.”

Entitled Refined Hazard: Carcinogenic Air Pollution from America’s Oil Refineries, the EIP report identifies the Top 10 refinery sources of air emissions of carcinogens in 2004 as follows: (1) BP/Texas City, TX; (2) Exxon Mobil/Baytown, TX; (3) Flint Hills/Corpus Christi, TX.; (4) La Gloria/Tyler, TX; (5) Lyondell-Citgo/Houston, TX; (6) Exxon Mobil/Baton Rouge, LA; (7) Valero/Corpus Christi, TX; (8) Sunoco/Philadelphia, PA; (9) Chalmette/Chalmette, LA; and (10) Citgo/Lake Charles, LA.

“Overall level of emissions of carcinogens declined between 1999 and 2004,” said Schaeffer.

“But there were big jumps at some refineries and inconsistency in the level of reporting at others.

“EPA should stop taking industry self-reporting at face value, and investigate whether these emissions are being accurately reported as the law requires.”

The EIP report uses data from the EPA Toxics Release Inventory to catalogue refinery air emissions of certain pollutants that are known or believed to cause cancer.

The TRI is a database that contains information on toxic chemical releases reported annually by certain covered industries, including oil refineries.

Designations of chemicals as carcinogenic or possibly carcinogenic in humans are made by expert consensus groups established by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, or by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is an agency of the World Health Organization.

The carcinogens emitted by U.S. refineries include benzene, ethylbenzene, butadiene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, naphthalene, formaldehyde, and metals such as nickel and lead.

Key findings of the EIP report include:

- The BP Texas City refinery - where a major 2005 explosion resulted in 15 fatalities - was by far the largest refinery source of carcinogen emissions in 2004, due mostly to its reported release of nearly two million pounds of formaldehyde in that year. BP has claimed that the formaldehyde release resulted from a change in its emission calculations, raising questions as to whether other refineries are reporting accurately.

* La Gloria, a small refinery in Tyler, Texas, is the largest refinery source of air emissions of benzene, a known carcinogen.

* Sunoco’s Philadelphia refinery is the largest single U.S. refinery source of polycyclic aromatic compounds, which include suspected carcinogens.

* Excluding BP Texas City, Texas refineries accounted for 36 percent of total refinery air emissions of carcinogens in 2004, but only 24 percent of the nation’s refining capacity.



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