– St. Bernard Parish petroleum coke processing plant officials on Wednesday admitted that they are responsible for “the lion’s share” of the sulphur dioxide emissions in the area. The frank announcement from Rain CII’s Chalmette plant manager and its corporate, Texas-based environmental, safety and health director comes a month after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told Gov. Bobby Jindal that it intends to formally designate St. Bernard as being out of compliance with federal sulphur dioxide health standards.
Both Jimmy Delaneuville, the plant manager, and Larry Minton, the corporate director, explained that despite the emissions, they are not over their permit rates. That’s largely because the state Department of Environmental Quality has not yet changed Rain CII's permits since the new federal hourly sulphur dioxide standards were put in place in 2010.
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