On the Ground in New Orleans
An NRDC Fact-finding Mission, October 2005
The destruction in New Orleans, southern Louisiana and affected areas in Mississippi is expected to result in more than 100 million cubic yards of contaminated debris. The debris from the New Orleans area is being trucked to temporary dump sites in various parts of the city, including one huge site near the airport. Larger trucks are collecting the debris to carry it to another (undetermined) location. There are proposals to burn the debris; this would severely worsen the already serious air quality problem. During the three days we were in the New Orleans area, this dump site nearly doubled in size. These photos were taken when we first arrived, of the 'small' dump. -- EO
Photos all pages: Erik Olson and Gina Solomon
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