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Refining ExpertiseHow Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges$
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Gwen Ottinger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762370.001.0001

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Noisome Neighbors

Noisome Neighbors

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(p.61) 3 Noisome Neighbors
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Refining Expertise
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Gwen Ottinger

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762370.003.0003

This chapter examines the Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy's (CCNS) dispute with Orion Refining to illustrate how concerns for community image made previously contested expert knowledge seem restorative in the wake of community campaigns. It considers how the need to maintain the town's public face as a “good community,” or a nice place to live, became an important dynamic that helped influence the outcome of CCNS's campaign, It also discusses the rivalry between CCNS and the St. Charles Terrace Neighborhood Association, which accused the former of “tearing down” the community. Finally, it explores entrepreneurialism in St. Charles Parish and in Norco as well as Orion's community improvement initiatives in New Sarpy.

Keywords:   expert knowledge, Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy, Orion Refining, community image, St. Charles Terrace Neighborhood Association, entrepreneurialism, St. Charles Parish, Norco, community improvement, New Sarpy

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