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Westwego considers changes to terminal rules

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WESTWEGO, La. (AP) — The City Council is expected to make changes next month to Westwego's ordinances regulating chemical storage terminals.

Some of the proposals were up for consideration this past week, but Councilman Larry Warino tabled them after getting little support from council members.

Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1s5Xfh1) Warino has been a critic of Blackwater Midstream LLC, one of three companies that would be affected by the new rules.

He said he isn't trying to force the company to stop storing certain chemicals. He said the new rules would be limited to expansion of facilities.

One proposal would broaden the scope of what Westwego regulates, changing "petroleum products" to hazardous materials."

Another proposal would define "hazardous materials," clarifying the terminology to resolve a city dispute with Blackwater.

A third proposal would spell out non-conforming uses of property.

Blackwater chief commercial officer Frank Marrocco has pushed for the city to enact all three new rules at once to the company does not appear to be out of compliance with any element of Westwego's regulations.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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