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Periodically the library receives documents from various government agencies to be displayed for public review. Links to the digital versions of these documents will be posted when available. 

EPA National Priorities List (NPL) Proposal: Exide Baton Rouge

 A former secondary lead smelter and refinery that operated from 1969 to 2020, Exide Baton Rouge filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2020. By April 2023, settlement funds were exhausted, and operations ceased. The site at 2400 Brooklawn Drive in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, occupies 33 acres in an industrial area bordering Bayou Baton Rouge.

High concentrations of arsenic, antimony, lead, manganese, and zinc have been found in the groundwater and soils on site. EPA temporarily took over the operation of the wastewater treatment plant on April 11, 2023. The state of Louisiana referred the site to the EPA to avoid any interruption in the continued operation of the wastewater treatment system. Other federal and state cleanup programs were evaluated but are not viable at this time. The EPA received a letter of support for placing this site on the NPL (National Priorities List) from the state of Louisiana.

The documents below describe the situation and support the NPL proposal.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment 1: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles

In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and a Consent Decree with BP 
Exploration & Production Inc. (BP), the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Federal natural resource trustee agencies for the Regionwide Trustee 
Implementation Group (Regionwide TIG) prepared the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment 1: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, 
and Sea Turtles (RP/EA), and Finding of No Significant Impact. In the RP/EA, the Regionwide TIG selected projects to help restore living 
coastal and marine resources injured as a result of the DWH oil spill in the Regionwide Restoration Area under the ``Birds'', Marine 
Mammals'', ``Oysters'', and ``Sea Turtles'' restoration types described in the Final Programmatic Damage Assessment Restoration Plan/
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. The total cost to implement the Regionwide TIG's eleven selected projects is 
approximately $99.6 million.

Radiological Emergency Planning and Response (REP&R)

The mission of the Radiological Emergency Planning and Response (REP&R) Program is to protect the health and safety of the public and environment in the event of a radiological incident. In order to fulfill this mission, the REP&R program is responsible for developing and maintaining the Louisiana Peacetime Radiological Response Plan for any potential incidents at nuclear power plants affecting the citizens and environment of the State of Louisiana.

Nuclear power plants located in Louisiana are River Bend Station in St. Francisville, and Waterford-3 Steam Electric Station in Taft. There is also a Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Mississippi which has the potential to affect Tensas Parish in Louisiana

FEMA evaluated full scale exercises are conducted every other year for each nuclear power plant to demonstrate reasonable assurance that plans and procedures are in place to ensure the health and safety of the public can be protected in the event of a nuclear power plant incident.

Emergencies at a Nuclear Power Plants are classified in four ways; Unusual Event, Alert, Site Area Emergency, and General Emergency.