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Cancer Alley: fury as new chemical plant rises in town battling toxic pollution

In January Louisiana’s Environment Department [LDEQ] granted the Sunshine Project its final set of permits, allowing for 800 tons a year of toxic pollutants to be blasted into the air around the complex’s 14 separate plants. The air here is already among the most polluted in America, and local campaigners like LeBoeuf have been arguing for years that the cocktail of new pollutants, including the cancer causing compounds ethylene oxide, styrene and benzine, mark an intolerable risk to their health. In the fifth district of St James parish, an area just 103 sq miles, there are already eight industrial plants operating. The new project is slated across 2,300 acres of land.  Read more....



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