Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pollution monitoring program gets boost thanks to money from a settlement last year between ExxonMobil and Louisiana

From:  The Advocate 

South Louisiana system ensures drinking water’s safe

 
A voluntary program that has watched for chemical pollution in the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to Plaquemines Parish since 1986 is getting a technology boost, thanks to money from a settlement last year between ExxonMobil and the state.

In 2014, a $2.3 million settlement between the company and the state Department of Environmental Quality included $1 million for beneficial environmental projects. Included in that was $250,000 for the Early Warning Organic Compound Detection System — known as EWOCDS.

“This is a big opportunity to use the (beneficial environmental projects) to re-establish the stations and get them upgraded,” said Tom Killeen, administrator with DEQ’s office of environmental compliance.  MORE