EPA's ‘Watch List' made public

by Heather Miller

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