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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • La. group joins suit against EPA over refineries

    September 28, 2012 9:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and other environmental groups around the nation are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force the agency to cut air emissions of the most toxic, cancer-causing chemicals released by 150 oil refineries in 32 states. The suit contends EPA's rules are based... more »
  • Report: Isaac damaged 2 tanks, chemicals leaked

    September 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A chemical storage facility southeast of New Orleans that flooded during Hurricane Isaac reported to state officials that no more than about 38,700 gallons of chemicals leaked from two tanks damaged by storm surge and that an underdetermined amount of chemicals flowed off the facility's grounds. The... more »
  • DEQ probes chemical leaks at Isaac-hit facility

    September 13, 2012 4:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State officials are investigating how many chemicals leaked from storage tanks at a facility flooded by Hurricane Isaac with about 7 feet of water. Isaac's surge damaged the Stolthaven Braithwaite LLC chemical storage and transfer facility next to the Mississippi River in Braithwaite, a Plaquemines Parish community... more »
  • Search for source of bayou gas bubbles continues

    July 2, 2012 1:14 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Emergency officials watching gas bubble up in Assumption Parish bayous said there's still no risk of explosion, but the release continues. The Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said readings are being taken twice a day in Bayou Corne and other areas where residents... more »
  • DEQ investigates chemical spill

    June 22, 2012 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a spill that happened at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant. A report from the plant earlier this wekk said the spill on June 14 turned out to be much larger than initially reported, which prompted the investigation. News 2's... more »
  • Litter clogging Iberville bayous check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 18, 2012 5:07 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders are starting a campaign to stop littering in their bayous. Leaders fear litter in the city's streets and neighborhoods is winding up in nearby bayous, and could be detrimental to tourism as well as the ecosystem. "It makes the bayou look terrible and that's... more »
  • EPA IG: Louisiana flunks enviro enforcement

    December 13, 2011 4:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is among the worst states at enforcing federal clean air, clean water and hazardous waste laws, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general. The Times-Picayune reports that the inspector general's report does not spotlight specific environmental problems caused by Louisiana's alleged lax... more »
  • Two accused of pollution violations

    December 8, 2011 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of an independent oil company and his brother have been accused of illegally discharging pollutants. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says Lobdell Percy Brown III and Carr Brown surrendered to authorities on Thursday. Authorities said Lobdell Brown is chief executive of T&F Oil Co.,... more »
  • BP, 2 others face more citations in Gulf spill

    November 28, 2011 1:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says BP and two other companies are likely to face new citations for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year's Gulf oil spill. Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says the upcoming notices stem from reviews that... more »
  • Panel: Drilling impacts could be 'excessive'

    November 10, 2011 6:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal advisory panel is warning that "serious environmental consequences" could result from the gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing if steps aren't taken to reduce its impacts. The seven-member committee said in a report released Thursday that progress by the federal government and the oil... more »
  • Scientists urge La. to protect netted sea turtles

    November 2, 2011 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Dozens of scientists are asking Gov. Bobby Jindal to scrap a 1987 law that bars state marine agents from enforcing federal rules requiring shrimpers to have special devices on their nets that allow ensnared sea turtles to swim to safety. On Wednesday, more than 60 scientists... more »
  • BP, 2 other companies cited over Gulf oil spill

    October 12, 2011 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have cited oil company BP PLC and two other companies - Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton - for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year's rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf. The companies have 60 days to appeal Wednesday's citations... more »
  • State OKs restart at mill blamed for fish kill

    August 29, 2011 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State environmental regulators have approved plans for operations to resume at a Bogalusa paper mill responsible for a massive fish kill in the Pearl River. The Department of Environmental Quality said Monday that it had approved Temple-Inland's request for authorization to restart operations at the mill... more »
  • Feds eye tougher measures to protect sea turtles

    June 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say they're considering new restrictions on Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast shrimpers because of the damage the industry is causing to threatened and endangered sea turtles. The regulatory move by the National Marine Fisheries Service signals the next stage in a growing fight... more »
  • Court to state: Take a harder look at oil drilling

    June 13, 2011 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana regulators have been ordered by a state appellate court to thoroughly analyze possible contamination, including radiation, from dumping fluids used in drilling for oil and natural gas into the seas just off the coast. On Friday, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the... more »
  • DEQ, DNR give lawmakers a flood impact report

    June 7, 2011 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State environmental agencies say oil and gas facilities were notified and prepared for the Mississippi River flooding, despite reports of some chemical storage facilities being threatened by the rising water. Members of the Department of Natural Resources and Dept. of Environmental Quality said the opening of the... more »
  • DEQ: Smoke from Mexico to hike ozone in Louisiana

    May 27, 2011 4:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality says smoke from wildfires in Mexico may increase ozone levels in Baton Rouge and the New Orleans area on Friday to a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. It says moderate southwesterly winds ahead of a cold front are likely to carry the... more »
  • Report: Effects of spill will unfold over years

    April 12, 2011 5:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new report by a prominent environmental group says the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico and the animals that live in it will take place over years, if not decades. The National Wildlife Federation says it is much too soon... more »
  • Six months after oil spill, much remains unknown

    October 20, 2010 3:30 PM

    The crude has stopped gushing and coastlines are largely clear of the thick goo that washed ashore for months, but the impact of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history will linger for years. Six months after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the environment and economy of the... more »
  • Scientist hopes oil spill opens eyes to restoration needs

    June 29, 2010 10:17 PM

    A coastal scientist says the spill is a perfect example of how a restoration suggestion from the past could help today. "I've watched canals, the effect of man on the environment," said Woody Gagliano, Ph.D., "saw the aftermath of Katrina and Rita and Gustav and Ike all across the coast.... more »
  • Nucor gets air quality permit for proposed plant

    May 26, 2010 5:23 AM

    Nucor is one step closer to building a proposed iron plant in St. James Parish after state environmental regulators issued an air quality permit for the project. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit Tuesday for Nucor Corp., fulfilling one of the requirements necessary to continue plans to... more »
  • So far, few oiled birds, no turtles, brought in

    May 7, 2010 5:27 AM

    When you're getting ready to rescue sea turtles from an oil spill, the shopping list includes 50 wading pools. Michele Kelley, Louisiana state marine mammal and sea turtle stranding coordinator, says they've probably ruined every child's summer in New Orleans because they bought all the kidding pools. But so far,... more »
  • Preparing for possible ill effects from oil spill

    May 7, 2010 5:16 AM

    There are a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends... more »
  • Giant box close to being over oil-spewing well

    May 7, 2010 5:10 AM

    A 100-ton containment box is close to being in place over a blown-out well that's been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The first mate of the supply boat that brought the box to the site, confirmed a radio transmission from the nearby vessel lowering the device that said... more »
  • EPA Holds Oil Spill Meetings

    May 1, 2010 12:13 PM

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a meeting in a New Orleans church today. Administrator Lisa Jackson, says the spill has spawned a huge environmental challenge, but not yet a "catastrophe." The challenge is complicated by the well head being 5,000 feet below water. Jackson says efforts to use... more »
  • BP's image taking a beating

    April 30, 2010 11:00 AM

    Experts say BP's once environmentally-friendly image is taking a beating because of its inability to contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company responded by saying the focus of its efforts is tackling the oil spill, and not public relations. Environmentalists say BP's response has... more »
  • BP sets up 3 oil spill hotlines

    April 30, 2010 7:33 AM

    BP LLC has set up hotlines to report oiled wildlife, get information about volunteering, and to report spill-related damage or oiled shoreline from the offshore well that blew wild April 20. To report oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401. Messages will be checked hourly. To discuss spill related damage, call... more »
  • Polluted Cities: most Americans live in unclean air

    April 28, 2010 11:38 AM

    Despite progress in reducing smog, chances are you still live in an area with unhelathy air. A new report, released by the American Lung Assooc. (based on 2006-2008 figures), says more than half of Americans live in unclean air. It says some progress has been made in reducing particle... more »
  • Environmental expert weighs in on oil spill concerns

    April 27, 2010 4:55 PM

    Today the Coast Guard announced that the oil spill caused by a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico is getting bigger. Environmental expert Ed Overton talked with News 2's Lori Steele about how the spill could affect the ecosystem, and how officials plan to contain it. more »
  • Crews work on trying to stop oil leak in the Gulf

    April 26, 2010 6:12 AM

    It could take hours or it could take months to stop a 42,000-gallon-a-day oil leak polluting the Gulf of Mexico at the site of a wrecked drilling platform. Whether the environmental threat grows many times bigger depends on whether the oil company involved can turn the well completely off. Crews... more »
  • East Baton Rouge sued in sewage case

    March 24, 2010 7:01 AM

    The East Baton Rouge City-Parish Council is being sued by an environmental group in order to force compliance with federal regulations on discharges from sewage treatment plants. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network alleges three sewage-treatment plants have violated the Clean Water Act at least 60 times since Jan. 1, 2008.... more »
  • La. Christmas tree crop looks good

    October 21, 2009 9:29 PM

    The push is on to convince to you to go green this holiday with a real Louisiana Christmas tree. This year's Christmas tree crop looks strong in Louisiana, according to local growers. Going green is also good for the state's environment. Dora Ann Hatch, an LSU AgCenter community rural development... more »

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