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Cleaning Up Bayou Bonfouca (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-09-27

Duration: 00:07:26

Subjects: Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | Tauzin, Billy, 1943- | United States. Environmental Protection Agency


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Caruso, Sam Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Vincent, Ross Interviewee
  • Tauzin, Billy Interviewee


This segment from the September 27, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halting the clean-up of the abandoned hazardous waste site at Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell due to the debate on a new superfund bill in Congress. Johnson reports that the EPA has already spent $600,000 in site preparations at Bayou Bonfouca. His report also touches on environmentalists’ anger at Congressman Billy Tauzin for his involvement in the creation of the new superfund legislation. Johnson interviews: Slidell Mayor Sam Caruso; Secretary Pat Norton of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality; Ross Vincent of the Ecology Center; and Congressman Billy Tauzin.