The art of Kevin Blythe Sampson

THE ART OF
KEVIN BLYTHE SAMPSON

4/23/10

Is pollution in small town La. a case of environmental racism?


About three and a half hours west of New Orleans, there's a town -- Mossville, Louisiana. It's a predominantly African-American town. It's been that way since the 1790s.

The town is still tiny. There are only about 800 people at its core. But it's no longer a farm town. Fields were replaced with houses and chemical plants. Fourteen plants now surround the small community.

Decades after the first chemical companies moved in, Mossville residents are convinced that these plants are making them sick.

"People are suffering from health problems directly associated with some of the chemicals that are released from these plants," said Dorothy Felix.