Gateway to Cancer Alley
In a trend that began in the 1960s, accelerated in the 1970s and 1980s, and continues today, the American plastics industry congregated along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. This photo essay, taken from The Modern Threat of Plastics, the second e-seminar in the series The Politics of Pollution, depicts the region known as "Cancer Alley" where petrochemical plants line the Mississippi from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.