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How Iberville Parish residents are grappling with recent explosion at nearby Dow Chemical plant

Trailer park near the Dow Chemical plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana where the July 14 explosion occurred
Drew Hawkins
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Gulf States Newsroom
Trailer park near the Dow Chemical plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana where the July 14 explosion occurred

Friday July 14, explosions at the Dow Chemical facility in Plaquemine, Louisiana rattled the homes of nearby residents. While some people have returned to business as usual, others are worried dangerous levels of pollution could have made their way into the air.

Drew Hawkins, health equity reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom, traveled to Plaquemine, in Iberville Parish, to speak to people who live near the facility. He joins us today for more on how they’re grappling with the aftermath.

This Fourth of July was the hottest recorded day in human history with multiple cities across the U.S. and the world recording record high temperatures. In an effort to help communities cool down, mayors in cities across the country – including New Orleans – are joining theSmart Surfaces Coalition, a multiyear project to bring down the heat.

To learn more about this coalition and efforts to cool down cities, we are joined by Brendan Shane, climate director for the Trust for Public Land in New Orleans, who is involved with this project.

Back in April, former Gulf States Newsroom reporter Bobbi Jeanne Misickreported on a complaint alleging sexual assault, medical neglect and abuse of a Daniel Cortes De La Valle, a man detained at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Jena, Lousiana.

Now, Misick has gotten audio of a medical emergency – and how staff treated it – from inside of the facility. She sat down with Gulf States Newsroom deputy editor Rashah McChesney to discuss what’s in the recording and what it says about the treatment of immigrants..

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and Aubry Procell.

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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.