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Trouble in Paradise (1986)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-04-3

Duration: 01:28:03

Subjects: Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | United States. Environmental Protection Agency | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Pollution | Cancer


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee
  • Abshire, Gaulman Interviewee
  • Houck, Oliver Interviewee
  • Guste, William Interviewee
  • Conzelmann, Paul Interviewee
  • Anderson, John Speaker
  • Fontenot, William Interviewee
  • Arnow, Pete Interviewee
  • Giboney, J.T. Interviewee
  • Malek-Wiley, Daryl Interviewee
  • Caughman, W.L., Sr. Interviewee
  • Deville, William Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Caruso, Sam Interviewee
  • Vincent, Ross Interviewee
  • Tauzin, Billy Interviewee
  • Vincent, Jerome Interviewee
  • Vincent, Mable Interviewee
  • Jirouard, Ernest Interviewee
  • Hanks, Gay Interviewee
  • Loy, Fred Interviewee
  • Boudreaux, John Interviewee
  • Knochenmus, Darwin Interviewee
  • Nyman, Dale Interviewee
  • Seidelman, Ray Interviewee
  • Thompson, Herb Interviewee
  • Correa, Pelayo Interviewee
  • Moore, Charles Interviewee
  • Campbell, Velma Interviewee
  • Daigre, Gerard Interviewee
  • Cole, Stan Interviewee
  • Portier, Ralph Interviewee
  • Templet, Paul Interviewee


This program from April 3, 1986, features Ken Johnson’s special report on the impact Louisiana’s 340 abandoned hazardous waste sites on the state’s environment. It touches on: illegal hazardous waste dumping; the Louisiana Attorney General’s possible lawsuit against the Shell Oil Company for the clean-up of Bayou Trepagnier in St. Charles Parish; the problems facing the Environmental Protection Agency’s superfund program; the lack of state funding to clean-up abandoned hazardous waste sites; groundwater contamination; the possible linkage between hazardous waste and cancer; and the proper disposal of hazardous waste. Johnson interviews: State Representative Manny Fernandez; Dr. Gaulman Abshire of Kaplan; Oliver Houck, a law professor at Tulane University; Louisiana Attorney General William Guste; Paul Conzelmann of Lafayette; William Fontenot, environmental specialist with the Attorney General’s Office; Pete Arnow, Assistant Attorney General; J.T. Giboney of the Shell Oil Company; Daryl Malek-Wiley of the Sierra Club; W.L. Caughman, Sr. of the Shell Oil Company; William Deville of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s abandoned hazardous waste section; Secretary Pat Norton of the Department of Environmental Quality; Slidell Mayor Sam Caruso; Ross Vincent of the Ecology Center; Congressman Billy Tauzin; Jerome Vincent of Kaplan; Mable Vincent of Kaplan; Ernest Jirouard, farmer; Gay Hanks of Kaplan; Fred Loy of the Louisiana Chemical Association; John Boudreaux, farmer; Darwin Knochenmus of the USGS; Dale Nyman of the USGS; Ray Seidelman, assistant waterworks superintendent at the Chicot Aquifer; Herb Thompson, conservation commissioner; Dr. Pelayo Correa, cancer specialist; Charles Moore, attorney; Dr. Velma Campbell, Ochsner Hospital; Gerard Daigre of the Dow Chemical Company; Stan Cole of the Dow Chemical Company; Dr. Ralph Portier, environmental sciences professor at LSU; and Dr. Paul Templet, LSU professor. This program was preserved through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s Transcribe to Digitize Challenge, a partnership with George Blood LP.