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Groundwater Contamination (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-11-08

Duration: 00:13:46

Subjects: Environment | WATER SUPPLY | Water quality | Water pollution | HAZARDOUS WASTES


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Vincent, Ross Interviewee
  • Tauzin, Billy Interviewee
  • Fontenot, William Interviewee
  • Loy, Fred Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Deville, William Interviewee
  • Knochenmus, Darwin Interviewee
  • Nyman, Dale Interviewee
  • Seidelman, Ray Interviewee


This segment from the November 8, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the findings of a recent state study on groundwater contamination in Louisiana. Johnson reports that hazardous wastes and toxic chemicals are threatening Louisiana’s underground water supplies, including aquifers. He interviews: Ross Vincent of the Ecology Center; Congressman Billy Tauzin; William Fontenot of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office; Fred Loy of the Louisiana Chemical Association; Secretary Pat Norton of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); William Deville, DEQ official; Darwin Knochenmus of the United States Geological Survey (USGS); Dale Nyman of the USGS; and Ray Seidelman, assistant waterworks superintendent at the Chicot Aquifer.