Dear Friends,

St. John the Baptist Parish has the highest air toxics cancer risks in the nation and one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in Louisiana. Which is why we need your help to stop Marathon Garyville Refinery from planned increases of even greater amounts of dangerous air pollution which will further threaten the health of residents in St. John and surrounding parishes.

How will increased emissions from Marathon threaten the health of residents?

EPA has determined exposure to fine particle air pollution, also known as PM2.5, causes asthma, heart disease, lung cancer, and premature death.  A rapidly increasing number of studies have also linked PM2.5 exposures to increased severe cases and deaths from COVID-19.


In 2018, Marathon Garyville Refinery was the 9th largest PM2.5 emitter in the state with emission of more than 365 tons/year.  Since then, Marathon’s PM2.5 emissions have increased to a stunning 554 tons/year and now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marathon has proposed to increase PM2.5 emissions by another 40 tons/year.

For most of April St. John the Baptist Parish had the highest COVID-19 death rate in the nation, and it continues to have one of the highest rates in Louisiana. Additionally, asthma rates among St. John children are more than twice Louisiana and national rates.

What other impacts does Marathon have on St. John residents?

Last month the state awarded Marathon an additional $1.13 million a year in property tax exemptions on top of the $25 million it received in 2019. As a result, St. John has lost more than $44 million which could be used to fund schools, desperately needed public health services, and other critical needs.  


How can you help?

We have until July 23rd to request a public hearing where we can voice our collective opposition to LDEQ approval of Marathon’s permit.  You can help hold Marathon and LDEQ accountable by copying and sending the following email:

Dear LADEQ Public Participation Group


Or       LADEQ, Public Participation Group

            PO Box 4313

            Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313

I would like to request a public hearing and extension of the public comment period for the Marathon Petroleum Company LP-Garyville Refinery Proposed Part 70 Air Operating permit Modification and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) AI Number 3165, Permit Number PSD-LA-822(M3) and 2580-00013-V27 and Activity Number PER20190013 and PER20190014


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Our Mission and
Our Work In Action

Our Mission is to ensure the health and safety of all citizens while working to hold government officials and industry accountable for the quality of air being polluted by chemical emissions in our parish; thus ensuring the health of families for generations to come.  We are working together with the EPA,  LDEQ, AND LEAN.  We are striving to gain the assistance of all citizens; inviting all residents to join us in what will be a continuous vigilance during this on-going situation.  

Take a look at the many ways Concerned Citizens Of St. John Parish is making a difference. Our photos and videos are a true testament to the immense impact our activities have on individuals and organizations. We dream of our parish as a better place to live, where everyone is concerned with making a change. Step by step, our dreams become a reality.


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St. John the Baptist Parish has:
- One of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the U.S.
- Highest cancer risks in the nation from exposures to air toxics. 
- Multiple large industrial sources of PM2.5emissions totaling to 1505 tons in 2018.
- High rates of PM2.5 air pollution-related health effects:
- Child (2-17 yrs) asthma rates 2.5 times the US and LA rates. 
- Child (2-17 yrs) asthma hospitalizations 2.5 times the US and LA rates. 
- Young adult (18-39 yrs) asthma rates 1.7 times the US and LA rates.
These underlying health conditions increase risk of COVID-19 death.

The Concerned Citizens of St. John know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. We're here to lend a hand, offer assistance, and be a voice of reason for those who need it. Since the beginning of our Organization in 2016, we’ve worked hard to improve and shed light on the quality of the air we breathe in our Parish and the surrounding areas. Currently we are raising funds for our movement of awareness.

Please join us.

Here at Concerned Citizens Of St. John Parish, we are committed to a single goal: to make our Parish a better and safe place to live. Our mission is to raise awareness about the high levels of Chloroprene in the atmosphere surrounding the Denka/Dupont facility amongst other issues that have  or may result from exposure. Explore our site to learn more about all that we’re doing to make a change. We are a private, non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to this potential health hazard. We welcome volunteers to help take on and overcome the challenges, while developing meaningful relationships with constituents of St. John the Baptist and surrounding Parishes.


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