State judge’s ruling raises another hurdle for planned $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics plant in Louisiana

first_imgState judge’s ruling raises another hurdle for planned $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics plant in Louisiana FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Advocate:A state district judge sent critical air permits for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex back to state environmental regulators so they can take a closer look at the St. James Parish facility’s emissions impacts on Black residents living nearby.Nineteenth Judicial District Judge Trudy White issued the finding during a hearing Wednesday, telling the state Department of Environmental Quality to more properly evaluate the environmental justice questions surrounding the project, plaintiff’s attorneys said.White ruled two weeks after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would be suspending its wetlands permit for the facility along the Mississippi River to review its own analysis of alternative sites and failure to look at potential sites in neighboring Ascension Parish. Formosa officials said White’s ruling did not suspend the air permits in the interim, but her ruling does add another layer of uncertainty for a project that is expected to create 1,200 permanent jobs, tens of millions of dollars per year in state and local taxes, and millions more in spinoff benefits once built.Along with the Corps wetland permits and a local land use permit, the state air permits allow FG LA, the Formosa Plastics affiliate behind the project, to operate and help clear the path to significant construction investment. The Corps’ decision earlier this month had already halted major construction activities.Last year, a joint investigation by The Advocate, Times-Picayune and ProPublica using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency modeling data found Formosa and other new industrial proposals since 2015 posed an acute impact on predominantly poor and black river communities, though white communities hardly escape it either.Known as the Sunshine Project, the Formosa complex will produce the raw materials for a variety of plastics and has been permitted to emit more than 800 pounds of toxic pollutants, nearly 6,500 tons of criteria pollutants known to cause ground-level ozone and respiratory ailments, and more than 13.6 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, DEQ says.[David J. Mitchell]More: Judge delays crucial permit for Formosa plastics plant; requires deeper analysis of racial impactslast_img read more

MBB : Boeheim downplays record win; Syracuse struggles on boards

first_img Published on February 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm After a game like this, Jim Boeheim wasn’t going to cherish his accomplishments.‘I’m upset over this game right now,’ the SU head coach said, ‘and we’ll address all that stuff when I retire. I’m happy to get this win, and I just don’t think about those goals.’Sure, the Syracuse head coach now has more wins — 880 — at one Division-I school than any head coach in history. Syracuse was outrebounded by 17, though, and won an overtime game by a hair. The Orange’s 64-61 win over Georgetown on Wednesday was hardly its best performance. But with the win, Boeheim passed legendary North Carolina head coach Dean Smith for third all-time among Division-I head coaches in wins, and he set the record for wins at one program.As he has when any personal records occur, though, Boeheim didn’t talk about it. He said all that matters to him is how his team does this season.Guard Brandon Triche grew up in Jamesville and his uncle, Howard Triche, played for Boeheim. The junior talked after the game about Boeheim’s legacy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Just watching him coach, play after play, he calls the play and about 90, 95 percent of the time, that play works,’ Triche said.Georgetown dominates rebounding battleDespite being the No. 2 team in the country and having national championship aspirations, there has been one area that has haunted Syracuse all season.And against Georgetown on Wednesday, Boeheim came to the realization that if his team can’t figure out how to rebound better, it will fall well short of those lofty goals.‘There’s just no excuse for us to rebound the ball the way we rebounded tonight,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s just not championship level. We just won’t win if we can’t rebound better than that. Period.’The Orange managed to overcome a 52-35 rebounding deficit to knock off the Hoyas 64-61 in overtime, but those numbers on the glass left Boeheim and SU with a disappointing feeling in the locker room after the win. Georgetown dominated the boards the whole game. Otto Porter reeled in 13 rebounds, Hollis Thompson hauled in 10 and Henry Sims gobbled up eight for the Hoyas.At one point in the first half, with Georgetown already owning eight rebounds to just five for Syracuse, the Hoyas grabbed nine consecutive missed shots to extend that margin to 17-5. A Kris Joseph miss in the middle of the stretch was followed by back-to-back offensive boards before Jason Clark finally knocked down a jumper.Greg Whittington then grabbed a Dion Waiters miss to regain possession for the Hoyas, and Georgetown grabbed two more offensive rebounds that led to a Hollis Thompson put-back.And the rebounding struggles have left SU searching for answers.‘We work on it every day in practice, but they’re still beating us on the boards,’ sophomore center Fab Melo said. ‘I don’t know. We know we have to do a better job.’But the Hoyas only managed to convert 23 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points, and SU held on for the win.‘There’s just really no excuse for the way we’re rebounding right now,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s a team effort. It’s everybody. It’s not one guy. We’ve got to find a way.’A rivalry examinedThere is still uncertainty about when Syracuse and Georgetown will play each other again.Wednesday’s overtime game between the rivals is the only meeting between them this season. They could play in the postseason, but after that — to be determined.‘It’s always been a good game. It always will be as long as we keep playing it,’ Boeheim said. ‘It will be a great game and it always is.’If anything happens to quicken Syracuse’s move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, this could be the last time the Orange and Hoyas meet as conference opponents. With Wednesday’s win, Syracuse leads the all-time series 48-39 and has won five of the last seven meetings.Joseph said he was pleased to reach a career-high 29 points against the Hoyas.‘It’s the last game I’ll ever play against Georgetown assuming that we don’t play them in the Big East tournament, so it was good,’ Joseph said. ‘I feel like I came out on top during this rivalry.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more