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Louisiana vs. the EPA (1990)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Alsen, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1990-01-19

Duration: 00:11:32

Subjects: Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | Rollins Environmental Services, Inc. | United States. Environmental Protection Agency


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Hardy, Tim Interviewee
  • Sheppard, John Interviewee
  • Arroyo, Vicki Interviewee
  • Monahan, Jim Interviewee
  • Berry, Mary Interviewee
  • Pate, E.W. Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Orr, Mary Lee Interviewee


This segment from the January 19, 1990, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen Nachman’s report on the State of Louisiana filing a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the incineration of 1.7 million gallons of a banned pesticide called Dinoseb at the Rollins Environmental Services plant in Alsen. Nachman reports that the EPA, which granted the Dinoseb contract to Rollins in December 1987, has suspended Rollins’ permit to receive and dispose of hazardous wastes from EPA superfund sites due to non-compliance. She interviews: Tim Hardy of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); John Sheppard of the Attorney General’s Office; Vicki Arroyo of the Governor’s Environmental Council; Jim Monahan, Alsen resident; Mary Berry, Alsen resident; E.W. Pate, Alsen resident; and Mary Lee Orr of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. Her report also includes highlights of a press conference with Governor Buddy Roemer discussing the issue. Host: Robert Collins