News roundup: Nominations open for 2012 Lantern Awards … Claiborne Parish hatchery responds to EPA cease and desist order … Corps monitors levees as waters rise on river

News roundup: Nominations open for 2012 Lantern Awards … Claiborne Parish hatchery responds to EPA cease and desist order … Corps monitors levees as waters rise on river




Shine a light: Louisiana Economic Development is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Lantern Awards, presented annually to outstanding manufacturers from each of Louisiana's eight regional districts. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, May 7. Awards will be presented June 12 during a reception held at the Governor's Mansion. Award winners are chosen based on their excellence in manufacturing and their community involvement during the three years prior to the nomination. Louisiana has honored more than 250 manufacturers since 1979 through the Lantern Awards. Nomination packets and more information can be found here.



Discharges addressed: Foster Poultry Farms in Claiborne Parish says it has met all the requirements placed upon it by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding unauthorized discharges into a nearby creek. Earlier this week the EPA issued a cease and desist order for the discharges; the order stemmed from a January inspection of a chicken hatchery at the plant. "Foster Farms took immediate action to address the reported wastewater aeration issue related to its Athens, Louisiana, hatchery on January 26, 2012, the same day as the EPA inspection," says the company in a prepared response. "The company has since taken permanent corrective actions which included installation of a new aerator. All EPA requirements have been met." Foster Poultry Farms still must submit written and photographic proof within the next month to the EPA that the issues in question have been resolved.



The river hymn: With the Mississippi River making its annual spring rise, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun monitoring the levees. The corps says it has begun patrolling levees between Baton Rouge and the mouth of the river at the Gulf of Mexico because water levels have risen above 11 feet at the gauge at Carrollton. The agency says inspections will continue twice weekly until the water level drops at the Carrollton gauge. The water level at the Carrollton gauge is 11.7 feet, and the National Weather Service predicts a crest of 12 feet there on April 5.

Today's poll question:: Should the 16-year-old accused of shooting Metro Councilman Chandler Loupe's son be tried as an adult, as District Attorney Hillar Moore III is pushing for?



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