We, the undersigned residents of Orleans/Jefferson Parish, request a public hearing for Blackwater's June 5, 2020 Air Permit Application. Blackwater is a hazardous liquid storage facility on the Mississippi River (1805 4th St, Harvey) with 36 tanks and a 1.2 million barrel capacity.
We are concerned because:
(1) Blackwater wants to start making Creosote Petroleum Solution, a toxic liquid that "causes damage to blood, eyes, and respiratory system" and is linked to cancer and and reproductive problems. This process would increase Blackwater's emissions of odor-causing, toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs);
(2) LDEQ has received over 100 recent complaints about toxic odors near Blackwater. These odors are causing residents to experience difficulty breathing, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms. The odors have been described as a "putrid chemical smell", and "toxic asphalt/tar/petroleum";
(3) LDEQ investigations found evidence linking these toxic odors to Blackwater;
(4) There are 59,000 residents, two high schools, five playgrounds, and dozens of popular businesses within 2 miles of Blackwater.
No emissions increases should be permitted for any facility in this area, given the high population density and the unresolved toxic odor problem.
The LDEQ must grant a hearing request, given the significant public interest in this permit application.