Tulane’s Environmental Law Clinic came to the aid of the parishioners
Gov. Foster bounced off the ceiling at the Capitol Building, called then prez Eamon Kelly and read him the riot act, implying that bad things would happen to Tulane - like removing our tax-exempt status!!
Kelly told Foster where he could stick his permit application
State still managed to make Tulane pay a big price for its noble stand
State Supreme Court ruled basically that law clinics could no longer defend poor people in large lawsuits like that brought against Shintech
EPA was reluctant to enter the fray
Strange, considering that Bill Clinton made a strong statement in 1994 about environmental racism
Clinton reacted to the failure of Congress to deal with environmental racism
Clinton issued new regulations requiring all federal agencies to examine all new permits for impact on minority communities
September 1997, EPA finally responded to the Tulane Law Clinic’s petition and ruled that Shintech’s permit was invalid, sending the company back to square one
It was the first time in history that the federal government had ever rejected a Louisiana industrial permit!!
Oddly enough, the EPA side-stepped the issue of racism, based its rejection on several minor technical issues
Shintech withdrew its proposal
So the answer to the question “who pays for polluting Louisiana” should now be very clear
We all pay for pollution
And only we can stop it, through increased education, increased activism, and environmental awareness