Gulf Coast Tenants Organization

Author: 
Louisiana New South Coalition 1992
Date Published: 
January 7, 2006

Protesting the polluter in Cancer Alley

"CLEAN THEM UP OR SHUT THEM DOWN"
(photo by S. Kittner)

Louisiana's soil, air, and water are the worst in the U.S. thanks to the largest concentration of petrochemical companies in the country. "Cancer Alley," the corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is the worst with 28% of the nation's petrochemical production.

Our state ranks #1 in industrial poisons put in our rivers and streams, #2 in poisons injected underground, #2 in importing poisonous wastes, and #2 behind Texas in overall discharge of poisons into the environment. These chemicals destroy