Series
Louisiana, The State We're In
Episode Number
No. 2039
Episode
A Test for Justice
Producing Organization
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Contributing Organization
Louisiana Public Broadcasting (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-17-945qgw68
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Description
Episode Description
"A Test for Justice is a modern day 'David and Goliath' story. The struggle of people against power. Residents of a poor African-American community in south Louisiana, with the help of student lawyers from the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, have taken on a Japanese company (Shintech) that is proposing to build the second largest PVC plastics plant in the world. This area is already disproportionately vulnerable to catastrophic chemical accidents. It is heavily industrialized with oil refineries, chlorine processing plants and other industries that operate within a three mile radius of the proposed plant site and most of the residents in the area. "The state has already issued the company a permit to begin construction, but the process has been delayed because the residents have filed a petition with the EPA to have the permit denied. "I think A Test for Justice merits Peabody consideration because the story made a difference in the lives of people of St. James Parish, Louisiana. It brought to national attention the issue of environmental justice. My investigation of this issue, which aired as a 36-minute special, brought to the forefront a story that was unfolding without any media coverage. The increased public debate, created by the program, has put pressure on federal and local environmental agencies to ensure that poor minority communities are not disproportionately affected by the siting of toxic facilities in their neighborhood."--1997 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1997-07-11
Created Date
1997
Asset type
Episode
Genres
Magazine
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:37:56.174
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Credits
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority
Producing Organization: Louisiana Public Broadcasting
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Identifier: cpb-aacip-db5a18eaa2b (Filename)
Format: Betacam: SP
Generation: Master
Duration: 00:36:44
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-74c91e1286d (Filename)
Format: VHS
Duration: 0:36:00
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Citations
Chicago: “Louisiana, The State We're In; No. 2039; A Test for Justice,” 1997-07-11, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 27, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-17-945qgw68.
MLA: “Louisiana, The State We're In; No. 2039; A Test for Justice.” 1997-07-11. Louisiana Public Broadcasting, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 27, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-17-945qgw68>.
APA: Louisiana, The State We're In; No. 2039; A Test for Justice. Boston, MA: Louisiana Public Broadcasting, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-17-945qgw68