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Waste Tire Backlog, Part 2 (1995)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, Cottonport, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-06-02

Duration: 00:08:47

Subjects: Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Environment | TIRES | RECYCLING


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Gates, Glenda Interviewee
  • Merrick, Max Interviewee
  • Bordelon, Filmore Interviewee
  • Greene, Tom Interviewee
  • Adams, Bull Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee


This segment from the June 2, 1995, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features the second part of Arcie Chapa’s report on the 50 million waste tire backlog in Louisiana. It focuses on whether the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has shown favoritism to a tire processing plant owned by Max Merrick in Cottonport. Her report also touches on the Senate passing a resolution asking the Legislative Auditor and Inspector General to investigate the situation, as well as a Senate bill lowering the tire disposal fee from $2 to $1. She interviews: Glenda Gates, the owner of Rural Tire Recycling in Port Allen; Max Merrick, the owner of Merrick Construction Company in Cottonport; Filmore Bordelon of DEQ; State Senator Tom Greene; Bull Adams, owner of Adams Used Tires; and State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn. Host: Robert Collins