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Rollins Environmental Services (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Alsen, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-10-24

Duration: 00:11:25

Subjects: Environment | Rollins Environmental Services, Inc. | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | HAZARDOUS WASTES


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Roedts, Lynda Reporter
  • Edwards, Mildred Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • McCastle, Mary Interviewee
  • Khoury, John Speaker
  • Sheppard, John Interviewee
  • Rolfs, Emile, III Interviewee
  • Orr, Mary Lee Interviewee
  • Hagerman, David Interviewee
  • Willis, Frank Interviewee
  • Horton, Sterling Interviewee


This segment from the October 24, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Lynda Roedts’ report on the long-standing fight between the residents of Alsen, a predominately African American community in northern East Baton Rouge Parish, and Rollins Environmental Services, a hazardous waste incinerator company. Her report covers: the class action lawsuit filed by Alsen residents against Rollins; the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) citing Rollins with 44 violations following an August 5, 1985, release of black smoke at the incinerator; and the controversial decision made by DEQ Assistant Secretary John Khoury finding Rollins guilty of only two charges and fining them $15,000. Roedts interviews: Mildred Edwards, Alsen resident; DEQ Secretary Pat Norton; Mary McCastle, Alsen resident; Assistant Attorney General John Sheppard; Emile Rolfs III, attorney for Rollins; Mary Lee Orr, environmentalist; David Hagerman, the general manager for Rollins; Frank Willis, the CEO of Rollins; and Sterling Horton, Alsen resident. Host: Rob Hinton