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Right to Know Law (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-02-01

Duration: 00:08:33

Subjects: Environment | PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY | FREEDOM OF INFORMATION | Environmental law


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Boyen, Vincent Interviewee
  • Vincent, Ross Interviewee
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee
  • Loy, Fred Interviewee


This segment from the February 1, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the possibility of passing a community right to know law in Louisiana in the wake of the December 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India. Ekings reports that the law would require chemical plants and other employers to let people know about the chemicals they are exposed to at work and in the community. She interviews: Vincent Boyen, the manager of the Monsanto plant in Luling; Ross Vincent, the president of the Ecology Center; State Representative Manny Fernandez; and Fred Loy, the executive director of the Louisiana Chemical Association. Host: Beth Courtney