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Mardi Gras excitement is not the only thing Louisiana and Washington, D.C., have in common recently. There is also great excitement here in Louisiana about the recent common sense being applied by the federal courts regarding EPA permitting requirements, as well as the reversal by Louisiana’s First Circuit Court of Appeal of the judgment rendered by former 19th Judicial District Judge Court Trudy White.

This ruling comes after the EPA announced the end of two into Louisiana’s permitting processes and how they have many disparate impacts on minority communities.

The icing on this free market, economic development cake for Louisiana is the First Circuit ruling reversing White’s ruling that vacated plastics company Formosa’s air permits to build a complex in St. James Parish.

It is important to note that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued Formosa its permits after a thorough analysis of the application and found the proposed project met all state and federal standards designed to protect the health and safety of the community and the environment, with an added margin of safety.

This ruling by the First Circuit ensures that the air permits, issued to Formosa in 2020, are valid once again.

These decisions will allow science and responsible investing in Louisiana that will make Louisiana’s economy grow, allow for a better quality of life for her citizens and continue to allow Louisiana to responsibly supply the rest of this nation, as well as the globe, with the molecules and electrons it produces each and every day.

Thank you, Louisiana for not giving up or giving in.

DESIREE LEMOINE

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