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The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
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An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
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Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
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More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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In an area prone to hurricanes, flood insurance is important for Louisiana residents. Calcasieu Parish became a part of the National Flood Insurance program in 1978. By participating in the program,More >>
As a way to continue offering flood insurance, Congress passed the Biggert Waters Act in 2012. More >>
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The Lake Area is dangerously close to not meeting Federal air pollution standards. And that could eventually affect everyone.
The pollutant at issue is ground level ozone more commonly known as smog. If the area is determined not to comply with the EPA standard, it could hurt economic development and cause prospective industries to go elsewhere.
In the upper atmosphere, ozone helps protect us from the harmful effects of the sun. But at ground level ozone is a pollutant formed when sunlight reacts with certain chemicals. Ozone is smog and makes it harder to breathe.
Many activities add to the pollution from industry to cars--even fumes when you cut the grass or fire up the grill.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is sounding the alarm, because within the next couple of years, this area could be considered out of compliance-- not because the air is worse, but because the standard is likely to get stricter.
DEQ environmental scientist Michael Vince says being branded non attainment could cause prospective industries to look elsewhere. "If you're an industry and you're looking to locate a manufacturing business or any type of operation here in the Lake Charles area, you would have to comply with more strenuous permitting requirements as a result of becoming non attainment. That's going to cost them more money for permit applications. It's going to cost them more money for control equipment."
Vince and other DEQ officials met with industry, business and government officials to suggest strategies for staying in line with the EPA rules. He suggests the community participate in the EPA Ozone Advance program. "The Ozone Advance Program really allows an area that is attainment to implement strategies and to document their successes over a period of time so that, if the standard does change, that EPA has something that they can look back on for the area to show that you've been proactive. And then maybe they can use a little bit of discretion," said Vince.
He says everyone can do their part to help cut back on the pollution from driving less, to cutting the grass after six p.m., and by saving electricity. Check out these tips.
One way to stay on top of the situation is to sign up for DEQ Enviroflash to receive notices of bad air quality days.