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Coffe on Your Corner is Back, 3 Feb 2022

Got this from Henry Walther, who is the District A Neighborhood Liasion. Henry.Walther@nola.gov  |  504.329.2870 (mobile)

“Just another reminder of next Thursday’s community meeting in Uptown. Join the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office at PJs Coffee (6501 Maple St.) to hear about City programs, initiatives, and operations directly from City officials and representatives. In an effort to accommodate residents who are less inclined to attend public meetings in the evenings outside of their communities, we’ve created Coffee on Your Corner to bring City government to you. All COVID-19 protocols for indoor dining will be followed. In this iteration, we will be discussing Green Infrastructure and Transit with leaders from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Resilience & Sustainability.”

To attend, please register at nola.gov/neoevents

Where: PJs Coffee, 6501 Maple St.

When: Thursday, February 3rd, 10AM – 11AM

Native Plant Initiative of GNO

This is a great group doing wonderful things (such as the Rosa Keller library native landscaping).

Check out their website and FB page for info about native garden plans, seed collecting, birding, and projects underway, like the UNO Woodlot planting going on today. You can also get info about the Louisiana Certified Habitat program.

Website: https://www.npi-gno.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/npigno

Comments to DEQ re: Magnolia Power Plant, due 4:30, 1/31

The deadline for submitting public comment to the DEQ is Monday, 4:30, Jan 31. It only takes a minute. Make your voice heard.

You can get more info and compose and submit your comment using this link: https://www.all4energy.org/watchdog/submit-comments-before-the-deq-hearing-on-the-air-permit-for-the-magnolia-power-gas-plant 

ALSO, here’s the Sierra Club info (copied below): https://www.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2022/01/magnolia-power-s-proposed-gas-power-plant-will-pollute-baton-rouge-region

Magnolia Power’s proposed gas plant will release more than 2.5 million tons of greenhouse gases annually into the Baton Rouge region’s air, including hundreds of tons of harmful particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and carbon monoxide. The permit fails to demonstrate how emissions will comply with the Clean Air Act, lacks supporting documentation necessary to fully and independently review the availability of industry standard emissions controls, and inadequately identifies the potential and real adverse effects from the proposed plant on the surrounding community and on communities of color.  

Magnolia Power has also promoted the power plant could co-burn hydrogen, however the permit does not evaluate hydrogen infrastructure, how it can corrode existing gas pipeline infrastructure, or risks of pipeline leaks or accidental releases. Meanwhile, the Climate Initiatives Task Force appointed by Governor Edwards will submit its final report on February 1, 2022. The task force calls for immediate action to minimize the impacts of our changing climate due to burning fossil fuels.