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LSU seeking ‘09 calendar photos
February 16, 2007 at 1:57 pm
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana nature photographers will have an apportunity to show off their work and earn recognition if their photos are selected for the LSU AgCenter’s 2009 Get It Growing calendar.

Submissions must be high-resolution digital images on CDs, transparencies or 8-inch-by-10-inch enlargements with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number and email address attached.

Deadline is Feb. 29, 2008 and the entry form is avaialbe online at www.lsuagcenter.com/GetIt Growing.
Entries should be mailed to Elma Sue McCallum, LSU AgCenter P.O. Box 25100 Baton Rouge, LA 70894.

For more information, call 225-578-2462.

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.

Transitions
February 14, 2007 at 3:27 pm
Send your obituary announcements to heatherb@heraldguide.com for speedy publication in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s print and Internet editions.

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.



Questions? Comments? Write: editor@heraldguide.com


Spirit Spirit Spirit
February 14, 2007 at 3:19 pm
What's happening in churches in St. Charles Parish ... find out now ...

Healthy-heart tips for a better life
February 14, 2007 at 3:18 pm
Heart disease is a major problem in Louisiana, having been identified as one of the Top 10 health threats facing citizens of the state.

Well blow me down! Louisiana’s a Top 20 tornado state ... in fact, we’re No. 5
February 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm
As part of an ongoing study of tornadic risk in the United States, the VorTek company of Huntsville, Alabama has released the rankings of the Top 20 tornado-prone states for the month of February.

Don’t let lottery crooks sucker you out of your money: Sheriff
February 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne warns residents about a new scam that was previously reported - but deserves an update.

Crime’s out of control, but Jindal’s got a plan Crime’s out of control, but Jindal’s got a plan
February 14, 2007 at 3:12 pm
The first days of 2007 were filled with numerous reports of murders in New Orleans, with the number of those killed reaching in the double digits even before the second week of the year had concluded. One shooting even occurred as the victim was holding his two-year-old son and watched as his Harvard-educated wife was gunned down.

Luling grad student’s work is, well ... ‘pretty as a picture’ Luling grad student’s work is, well ... ‘pretty as a picture’
February 14, 2007 at 3:07 pm
Ann Gassen of Luling, a graduate student in art at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, has been accepted in the eMerging Artists Exhibit hosted by the Morrison Institute for the Arts in Natchitoches. Her entry? That’s it pictured at left.

United Way’s ‘Wall of Success’ honors past, present & future
February 14, 2007 at 3:04 pm
February will be remembered as a historic month for the United Way of St. Charles, and February 15th will be remembered as a daylong celebration of the agency’s past, present and future with the kickoff set for 10:15 a.m. at the United Way of St. Charles offices at 13207 River Road in Luling.

DHS Teacher of the Year
February 14, 2007 at 3:03 pm
Joey Brady has been named Destrehan High School’s Teacher of the Year.

Ethel S's Teacher of the Year
February 14, 2007 at 3:02 pm
‘She’s a phenomenal teacher and credit to the profession.’

- Karen Naquin

Somebody’s nuts and it AIN’T me
February 14, 2007 at 3:01 pm
Have you read the headlines lately? In case you missed them, here are a few recent highlights:

Ogden. What's Happening Feb. 15-22
February 14, 2007 at 2:53 pm
Why be bored? There's LOTS happening in St. Charles Parish this week. Read on to find out more ...

Four ladies from St. Charles Parish were chosen for the VooDoo Doll Dance Team. Meet the ST. CHARLES VooDoo Dolls
February 14, 2007 at 2:49 pm
The New Orleans VooDoo arena football organization has chosen four St. Charles Parish ladies as part of the 2007 VooDoo Dolls Dance Team. They are Jenna Faul, Annie Johnson, Kara Jefferson and Emily Griffin.

Suspect arrested 16 months after Norco murder
Suspect arrested 16 months after Norco murder
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A suspect in the December 2012 murder of Norco resident Jay Bertucci was apprehended by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office today.

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