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    Posted May 7, 2010 by
    Marrero, Louisiana
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    Toxic America

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    Celotex Corporation, Marrero Louisiana


    In Marrero Louisiana, the low income suburb of New Orleans, there is a corporation called Celotex Corp. (4th Street) that manufactures insulation.  Celotex manufactured asbesdos insulation for many years, and those who lived near the plant at the time recall a 3-4 inch coating of dust that covered every property around the plant for several years.  Many of those who lived in the area at the time, recall playing in the dust on their front porch as a child.  While the socioeconomic status of those living in Marrero, the lack of quality education, and the corrupt political environment have contributed to the lack of community / state action on the problem, the effects of the plant on the local community have been devastating.  Cancer is extremely prevalent in every form in the community, particularly in the form of Mesothelioma.  Most residents of the community have suffered devastating losses of 1-3 loved ones to every form of cancer.  While there may be other issues of pollution of the air or water from the plant that continue to pollute the community resources, the community remains devastated from the deaths they have suffered from cancer.  Cancer is the primary cause of death to those livling in the community, including children who have developed cancer at a very young age.  The community also suffers an increasingly high number of birth defects in children born to parents residing in the local community.  While the Celotex plant has finally relocated after half a century of operation in the community, the effects of pollution from the Celotex Corporation continue to devastate this community, and likely will for years to come.

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