Shamyra Lavigne of the faith-based advocacy group Rise St. James has been at the forefront of efforts to resist industrial polluters in Louisiana’s notorious “Cancer Alley.” (Photo Credit: Shamyra Lavigne/Climate Power)

EPA Proposal will Curb Chemical Plant Emissions

Federal proposal aims to protect frontline, racialized communities from toxic industrial pollution.
Posted on May 5, 2023 
By People over Plastic Staff

For years, communities living near petrochemical industries have fought to have their voices heard and it seems those years of advocacy are paying off. On April 6th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to curb the emissions of chemical plants in the hope of protecting the public.

The proposal would see a 6,000-ton reduction in highly toxic air emissions and comes on the heels of a groundbreaking lawsuit filed by residents of Louisiana's "Cancer Alley" who allege they are the victims of environmental racism.

The plan takes aim at ethylene oxide, or EtO, and chloroprene. Breathing in these chemicals has shown to lead to a number of devastating health impacts including cancer.

The EPA proposal would not have become reality had it not been for the intense and ongoing efforts of frontline activists like Shamyra Lavigne of Rise St. James who was featured in the PoP podcast, Season Three, Episode One, "Secret Sauce".

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