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  • Still a problem, two areas sprayed for mosquitoes by plane tonight

    September 27, 2016 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two areas of the parish will be sprayed for mosquitoes Monday night due to an increasing number of bugs. Crews will fly over Sherwood Forest east of Sherwood Forest Blvd. to Centurion Place. Also, an area of Highland Road and Perkins from Bluebonnet to the Country... more »
  • Researchers: Climate change makes August flood more likely

    September 7, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Significant rainfall in August that lead to wide-spread and catastrophic flooding may have been exacerbated by climate change, a team of researchers said in research published quietly on the internet Wednesday. Extreme rainfall along the Central, U.S. Gulf Coast has become more likely and more intense... more »
  • Quake rocks parts of Oklahoma, Texas and the Plains Saturday morning

    September 3, 2016 9:14 AM

    PAWNEE , Oklahoma - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake was reported Saturday morning in this rural Oklahoma town along I-35. The quake was recorded just after 7 a.m. People reported feeling shakes as far away as Dallas, Texas, Kansas City and North Dakota. Video I shot of the cameras... more »
  • EPA report: Some oil leaked from facility during August flood

    August 31, 2016 4:35 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The EPA said displaced oil containers discharged between 300 and 600 gallons of unused motor oil into a neighborhood during the August 2016 flood event. The information comes after a federal inquiry into complaints from neighbors who live around Lard Oil Company on Florida Avenue in... more »
  • Fire reported overnight at chemical plant

    July 2, 2016 9:47 AM

    ADDIS - Emergency responders reported an overnight fire at a plant, but could not provide much information about the incident Saturday. Fire crews and ambulances were sent to a plant on La. 1 near the West Baton Rouge/Iberville Parish line around midnight. An emergency preparedness official reached later Saturday... more »
  • Regulators relax monitoring of decade-old Gulf oil leak

    April 26, 2016 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal regulators have relaxed a pollution monitoring requirement for a company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that could last another century. In 2008, the Coast Guard ordered Taylor Energy Company to conduct daily flights over the leak site to monitor... more »
  • Ascension, Livingston will open waterways Friday Play Video

    April 21, 2016 4:08 PM

    PORT VINCENT – Waterways in Ascension and Livingston parishes will reopen to recreational boaters Friday. On April 16, both parishes closed waterways due to high water. The closed areas will open at 6 a.m. Friday, parishes said in a news release. For business owners who count on boaters,... more »
  • Some river levels in flooded areas falling

    March 15, 2016 12:23 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Area rivers swollen by torrential rain last week will start falling after cresting over the last few hours. Most recently, the Amite River at French Settlement crested Tuesday morning. Already, the Amite at Denham Springs, Bayou Manchac and Port Vincent has crested and has started falling.... more »
  • SE La. flood areas not yet eligible for federal disaster assistance

    March 14, 2016 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal aid is likely to come for areas of Louisiana inundated by floods in the last week. The federal government declared Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster Parishes as disaster areas. Other parishes will likely be added to the list, which as of this... more »
  • Hwy 22 became a flowing river Friday morning

    March 11, 2016 9:59 AM

    KILLLIAN - Nearly a foot of rain is taking its toll on low-lying Livingston Parish. Friday morning, people woke to find a river rushing over Highway 22 east of its intersection with Highway 444 at Lacox Lane. It appears an off-shoot of the Tickfaw River, the Killian Bayou, became... more »
  • Governor addresses severe weather response

    March 10, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards received an update Thursday on the state's efforts to deal with widespread flooding in North Louisiana and the preparations underway for severe weather along the I-10 corridor. Gov. John Bel Edwards is holding a UCG mtg at GOHSEP concerning the current... more »
  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

    February 9, 2016 7:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move on Tuesday is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and... more »
  • Finally, Mississippi drops below flood stage

    February 4, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For the first time in 31 days, the Mississippi River has dropped below flood stage. Thursday morning, the river was just lower than flood stage of 35 feet in Baton Rouge. It crested at 43.5 feet between January 18th and 21st. The rising river required... more »
  • Coast Guard investigates tanker crash on Mississippi River

    February 3, 2016 8:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River involving an empty oil tanker. The Coast Guard said in a news release that the Nordbay, a 62,000-ton tanker, struck the Jefferson Parish water intake just up river from New Orleans on Tuesday night. The vessel was... more »
  • Mississippi River cresting this week Play Video

    January 18, 2016 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The swollen Mississippi started cresting Monday. At Red River Landing, the river crested at 60 1/2 feet, 12 feet above flood stage. In downtown, the crest is forecast to happen Tuesday ten feet above the 35-foot flood stage. " It was pretty amazing watching it... more »
  • Obama administration halts new coal leases

    January 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review. The question is whether fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal's impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday... more »
  • Corps warns opening Morganza is likely after Jan. 11th Play Video

    January 6, 2016 8:47 PM

    MORGANZA - At a meeting Wednesday night with people who live near a flood control structure north of Baton Rouge, the Army Corps. of Engineers warned the floodgates may need to be opened. The US Army Corp says #MississsippiRiver will likely force them to open the Morganza Floodgates... more »
  • Rescuer: Girls stuck in park were 'scared and wet, a little cold' Play Video

    December 23, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two teenage girls rescued from the banks of the Amite River Tuesday night are recovering, sources said. The girls, who have not been identified, were taken to an area hospital after they were found on a river bank. They went missing after a hiking trip. The... more »
  • Congress backs bill banning microbeads in soap, body wash

    December 18, 2015 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved legislation banning plastic microbeads used in soaps, body washes and other personal-care products after complaints that the tiny beads were harming fish and wildlife. The measure prohibits the manufacture or sale of products that contain plastic microbeads as of July 1, 2017. Microbeads... more »
  • Sheriff's office: Air leak at drilling site causing loud noise

    December 15, 2015 9:04 PM

    LOTTIE - Emergency crews responded to an air leak at a natural gas drilling site Tuesday evening. People reported hearing a whistle sound from a drilling site on La. 81 north of Highway 190. Fearing something worse, firefighters and sheriff's deputies kept people back while experts analyzed the issue.... more »
  • Shorts in December this weekend Play Video

    December 11, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This weekend will feel more like August since forecasters expect highs in the mid-80s. Compared to this time last year, there is an almost 20 degree temperature difference. People are having to adjust to the unusual forecast. "It has a tendency to hurt the business,"... more »
  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful: Tailgate Tips Play Video

    September 22, 2015 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Whether you are tailgating at Southern University or LSU, you should always remember to be cautious of the impact you're having on the environment. Keep Louisiana Beautiful is the state's anti-litter and community improvement organization. The group has 23,000 volunteers throughout the state who are committed to educating... more »
  • For 7 years, VW software thwarted pollution regulations

    September 21, 2015 7:01 PM

    DETROIT - Volkswagen became the world's top-selling carmaker trumpeting the environmental friendliness, fuel efficiency and high performance of diesel-powered vehicles that meet America's tough Clean Air laws. VW's success story was so good that pollution-control advocates did their own tests, hoping to persuade other countries to enforce the same strict... more »
  • Crowd voices concerns with barge cleaning operation

    August 18, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People packed a hearing room at the Department of Environmental Quality Tuesday night, most to voice their opposition to a proposed barge cleaning facility south of LSU along River Road. People, holding signs with a community-organized social media slogan printed on the front, said they are concerned... more »
  • Bike sharing in Baton Rouge Play Video

    July 28, 2015 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Hundreds of cities across the country have started using “Bike Share” to get around. On Tuesday, the Baton Rouge Environmental Protection Agency is advising city groups on how the system could work in Baton Rouge. The program offers a variety of benefits, such as: less emissions, ease... more »
  • Cox Conserves Heroes Play Video

    June 25, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program that recognizes people for their efforts to improve, preserve, create, or enhance shared outdoor areas in the community. The deadline is quickly approaching to nominate your very own environmental "hero". The program was created back in 2008 by Cox Enterprises... more »
  • EPA proposes tougher mileage standards for trucks

    June 19, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says the administration's proposed tough new standards for trucks and vans will deliver "big time" on President Barack Obama's call to cut carbon pollution. The rules being put forward by the agency are aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the... more »
  • State plans meeting to discuss industrial plans with neighbors

    May 29, 2015 11:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state will hear from residents who live near a proposed barge cleaning facility in July. Tubal-Cain Marine Services wants to build its facility near the intersection of Brightside and River Road near the Riverbend and Lake Beau Pre neighborhoods. At the operation, barges will be... more »
  • Engineers to consider deepening MS River

    May 19, 2015 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting here soon to discuss the impacts of dredging the Mississippi River by as much as five feet. The Associated Press reported the discussion Tuesday evening. The Corps said Baton Rouge will play host to one of three... more »
  • Louisiana Water Festival Play Video

    April 9, 2015 7:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The legislative session is coming up, and on its agenda: budget cuts, Common Core, and the Louisiana environment. The Green Army is getting ready for the session as well; they're planning a big rally this weekend in downtown Baton Rouge. This morning, Lieutenant General Russel Honoré stopped... more »
  • Obama to order gov't to cut its greenhouse gas emissions

    March 19, 2015 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is directing the federal government to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House on Thursday. The White House says a number of major companies that sell to the... more »
  • In case of irony, truck hauling weed killer falls apart under oak tree

    March 4, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters spent Wednesday afternoon removing bags of herbicide from the trailer of an 18-wheeler after it split in half making a turn in downtown. The truck broke as it was turning right onto North Boulevard from 6th Street near the Old Governor's Mansion. Ironically, it fell... more »
  • EPA: 3 companies agree to a $900,000 civil penalty

    January 21, 2015 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company, including the Convent and Norco Motiva Enterprises facilities, have agreed to a $900,000 civil penalty settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA says the civil penalty is in response to a number of alleged violations of the Clean... more »
  • Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

    December 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. Study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the... more »
  • Dig up the facts on fracking Play Video

    November 13, 2014 7:22 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- The controversial method of oil excavation called fracking is raising concerns for some communities, while others are pleased to welcome the process to their parish. In Tangipahoa, land owners are thrilled at the possibility of fracking on their land, because it can mean instant wealth and promises of... more »
  • La. DEQ objects to proposed CO2 rules

    September 13, 2014 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality has released a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, raising objections to EPA's proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. The letter from DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was released Friday. It says EPA is exceeding its authority with the... more »
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    July 28, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA - As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President... more »
  • City's lawsuit against dump dismissed

    July 21, 2014 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city's fight to try and block an ndustrial waste landfill in north Baton Rouge is over. A judge dismissed the lawsuit over the permit for Louisiana Land Acquisitions to operate, saying the city failed to formally raise its issues when the Department of Environmental Quality... more »
  • Republican EPA chiefs to Congress: Act on climate

    June 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Top environmental officials for four Republican presidents are telling Congress what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming. EPA administrators for Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan said Wednesday they hoped to inject reason into a debate that is increasingly... more »
  • Senate water bill includes spending in La.

    May 22, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is on the cusp of passing its first infrastructure bill of the year. The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a more-than-$12 billion water resources bill that authorizes 34 water projects, from managing flood risks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and restoring environment in Louisiana to... more »
  • Volunteers clean up Bayou Fountain Play Video

    April 19, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Volunteers were at Bayou Fountain Saturday cleaning debris out of the water. For couple Bill and April Armstrong, the cleanup is important to them because they say something needs to be done. "It's the world we live in and it's a garbage dump. It shouldn't... more »
  • Conservationists claim victory on new farm bill

    April 5, 2014 10:24 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory when it comes to conservation under the new farm bill. Two of their top priorities made it into the law, which set federal farm policy for the next five years. One is "conservation compliance," which means farmers will have to... more »
  • LSU to lead study of Gulf monitoring system

    December 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A team of researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy at the LSU AgCenter has received a three-year award of more than $750,000 to study the effectiveness of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico. The award was made through the LSU... more »
  • Group tallies Isaac's environment impact

    August 6, 2013 2:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- At least 341,000 gallons of oil, chemicals and untreated waste-water were released by oil, coal, gas and petrochemical facilities along the Louisiana coast after Hurricane Isaac struck in August 2012, according to a report released Tuesday. An environmental consortium examined National Response Center and Louisiana Department of Environmental... more »
  • Scientists collect water near site of blown well

    July 29, 2013 10:18 AM

    NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO - Scientists are trying to figure out if a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers gathered water samples about five miles from the rig Saturday. That's as close as Coast Guard officials allowed... more »
  • Natural gas sheen spotted in Gulf after platform failure

    July 9, 2013 3:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard said Tuesday natural gas is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, and a four by three-quarter mile sheen has developed in the water after an incident at a well site. Workers on an oil and natural gas production platform about 74-miles southwest of Port... more »
  • Some Sorrento residents get connected to clean water

    June 6, 2013 9:05 PM

    SORRENTO - After multiple complaints from residents on Bertrand Street in Sorrento, city council members are taking action. People there started noticing a sewerage type smell coming from the water pouring out of the faucet. Residents use private well water for things like bathing and laundry. They also complained... more »
  • People worried about tainted drinking water from waste pond Play Video

    June 5, 2013 10:56 PM

    SORRENTO - People who live on Bertrand Street in Sorrento are complaining about a smelly situation and they are worried about their drinking water. "It's like poop and you're smelling that in your house," said resident Cindy Luquette. "You don't want your house to smell like that." Luquette... more »
  • La. lawmakers to discuss sinkhole in Feb.

    January 25, 2013 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana lawmakers are planning to hold a joint meeting of the Senate and House Natural Resources committees in mid-February about the large sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish. State Sen. Rick Ward III, vice chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, tells The Advocate the joint hearing, which he... more »
  • Environmentalists hail Obama climate change focus

    January 22, 2013 4:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - Environmental groups are hailing President Barack Obama's warning about climate change but say they'll be watching his decision on the future of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Environmentalists say the pipeline would transport "dirty oil" from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, and produce heat-trapping gases that contribute... more »
  • La. officials deny EPA violation claim

    January 9, 2013 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State environmental quality officials say they followed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's instructions on submitting a plan to reduce ozone, but they are unsure why Louisiana was included on a list of states that failed to do so. On Jan. 4, the EPA sent notices of... more »

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