Louisiana Special Election Puts Cancer Alley Front and Center

Louisiana Special Election Puts Cancer Alley Front and Center

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After former Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond was appointed as an adviser to President Biden and the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, the special election to fill the seat he held for nearly a decade has put heavy emphasis on the issue of environmental justice.  Richmond […]

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Dangerous Pollution in Cancer Alley Leads to Higher COVID Mortality

Dangerous Pollution in Cancer Alley Leads to Higher COVID Mortality

Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, a trail of 150 petroleum factories makes up one of the most rampant petrochemical industries in the nation for the past century. It’s also led to some of the nation’s most polluted air and water giving the region the ominous nickname of “Cancer Alley” due to the concentrations of […]

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Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Visualized​

Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Visualized​

Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, a trail of 150 petroleum factories creates a glaring backdrop of smokestacks behind the Mississippi River and a perpetual fog along the banks. Courtesy of its flat ground, an abundance of carbon-rich decay, and the Mississippi’s inflowing fresh water, Louisiana has been home to one of the most rampant […]

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Hero of the Week: Sharon Lavigne

Hero of the Week: Sharon Lavigne

Sharon Lavigne, is 67-year-old recently retired special-ed teacher born and raised in St. James Parish, LA and a staunch advocate for her community that sits in what’s been dubbed as “Cancer Alley.” When Lavigne was a child she recalls St. James Parish being lush with fruit trees, vegetable gardens and full of families living off […]

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