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EPA Superfund Problems (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-02-07

Duration: 00:11:06

Subjects: Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | United States. Environmental Protection Agency | Pollution


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Guste, William Interviewee
  • Deville, William Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Malek-Wiley, Daryl Interviewee


This segment from the February 7, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the Congressional debate on the funding sources for the Environmental Protection Agency’s superfund program and the potential impact to hazardous waste clean-up in Louisiana. Johnson reports that clean-up has only begun on one of the six Louisiana sites on the superfund priority list. His report also touches on the lack of progress made in cleaning up the 340 other known abandoned hazardous waste sites in the state. He interviews: Louisiana Attorney General William Guste; William Deville, the head of the Abandoned Hazardous Waste section at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); Secretary Pat Norton of DEQ; and Daryl Malek-Wiley of the Sierra Club.