Almost 30 companies or facilities in Louisiana appear on the EPA's Watch List that details facilities throughout the country that are chronic or serious violators' of the Clean Air Act.
A joint investigation from NPR and the Center for Public Integrity has revealed to the public for the first time 464 U.S. facilities on the EPA's "Watch List," with almost 30 of those residing in the Bayou State.
The Watch List, according to the special report, includes "chronic or serious violators" of the Clean Air Act, though not every company or facility meets the chronic or serious violator status: Facilities may appear for other reasons, EPA spokesman Larry Jackson said:
For instance, enforcement officials may be tracking a polluter's compliance with a court order. A company in negotiations with authorities might be on the list. In other instances, violations may have been alleged but not proven. There also may be data errors - for example, a state agency's failure to report an enforcement action to the EPA.
Five of the almost 30 from Louisiana are in the Acadiana area. The Louisiana facilities that made the list are listed below.
Read the first of a four-part series from NPR and view the full Watch List here.
Alon Refining, Krotz Springs
Andino Energy Enterprises, St. James
Bayou Sorrel Commingling Facility, Bayou Sorrel
Calcasieu Refining Corp, Lake Charles
Calumet Lubricants Co, Cotton Valley
Calumet Lubricants Co, Princeton
Citgo Petroleum Corp, Sulphur
Dynamic Industries, Topside Fabrication, New Iberia
Entergy Arkansas/Entergy Gulf States, Sterlington
Evonik Cyro MMA Plant, Westwego
Formosa Plastic Corp., Baton Rouge
Galata Chemicals, Hahnville
Georgia Gulf Chemicals and Vinyl, Plaquemine
Greif USA, Harvey Gulf South Pipeline Co., Arnaudville
Gulf South Pipeline Co., Montpelier International Paper Co., Pineville Lisbon Processing, Lisbon
MA Patout and Son Limited, Jeanerette
Miller Production Facility, Westlake
Motiva Enterprises, Convent
Motiva Enterprises, Norco
PPG Industries, Westlake
Shell Chemical Plant, Geismer
Specialty Application Services Inc., Port Allen S
Stream 25 #1 Facility, Toomey
Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, Gibson
Union Carbide Corp, St. Charles operation, Taft