Mossville, Louisiana Bibliography

 Updated April 2, 2014 by Pati Threatt

This bibliography remains incomplete as the Mossville, Louisiana environmental issues continue to develop. Below are a few resources concerning the Mossville community.

All locations refer to McNeese State University, Frazar Memorial Library. 
Materials in Archives and Special Collections Department do not circulate.

Newspaper and Journal articles | Manuscript Collections and Government Documents  |  Web links

Newspaper and Journal articles  [In chronological order]

Note: Frazar Memorial Library's Serials Department holds microfilm copies of two Mossville area newspapers: The Westlaker (1962-1978) and The Westlake/Moss Bluff News (1979-1995). Please visit the Serials Department on the second floor of the Library for access to these resources.

Kriz, Margaret. “The color of poison.” National Journal. Vol. 30, No. 28 (July 11, 1998), pp. 1608-1611.
Abstract :Deals with the protest of the Mothers of Mossville organization to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the pollution they suffered from a chemical plant in Mossville, Louisiana. Purpose of states officials in permitting chemical plants to move into the Mossville region; Overview of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 that has been violated by the state officials; Implication of the protest filed by the residents.  

“Foster orders investigation into contamination.” Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. Vol. 17, No. 18 (April 27, 1999), p. 8.
Abstract :Reports that Louisiana Governor Mike Foster has created a task force to address health concerns of residents in Mossville, one of the state's most polluted area. Preliminary results of a health study which showed that Mossville residents have elevated levels of dioxin-like compounds in their blood; Health effects of dioxin-like compounds; Functions of the task force.  

“Black Louisianans fight industrial pollution.” New York Amsterdam News. Vol. 90, No. 41 (October 7, 1999), pp. 4-6.
Abstract :Reports on the involvement of residents from the primarily African-American area of Mossville, Louisiana, in protest actions calling for a phase-out of toxic chemicals worldwide. Participation in Greenpeace's lobbying efforts against toxic chemicals in Geneva, Switzerland, where negotiations will be held on a treaty to control Persistent Organic Pollutants.

McQuad, John. “Mystery in the Blood.” Amicus Journal. Vol. 23, No. 1 (March 1, 2001), pp. 33-36.
Abstract :Deals with high levels of dioxins in blood of several Afro-American residents in Mossville, Louisiana. Absence of an apparent explosion or industrial accident; Uncertainty about health risks; Rare case of documented chemical poisoning; Exposure to a variety of other ailments; Factors that have threatened to derail efforts to address the health concerns of Mossville.

Cormier, Eric. "Gathering at Mossville." Louisiana Life. Publication Date: Summer 2003, pp. 40-45.

“Greenpeace, Habitat for Humanity home is protest against production of polyvinyl chloride.” New Orleans City Business. Publication Date: April 05, 2004

Kamerick, Megan. “House of ill dispute.” New Orleans City Business. Vol. 24, No. 41 (April 05, 2004), p. 27.
Abstract :Discusses the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home without the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collaboration with the organization Greenpeace; Designation of Louisiana as the home of the largest concentration of vinyl producers in the United States; Ways in which the construction site has become a focal point for environmental health activists; Toxicity of PVC; Goal of the Habitat project of proving that alternative building materials can be used.

Toloken, Steve. “Law firm says vinyl site violates human rights.” Plastics News. Vol.17, No. 3 (March 21, 2005), p. 19.
Abstract :This article reports that a New Orleans, Louisiana-based environmental law firm is advancing the argument that pollution from vinyl plants and chemical sites near an African American community amounts to a human rights violation. The Advocates for Environmental Human Rights is asking the Organization of American States, an international body of 34 countries, whose goal is to promote democracy and human rights in the Western Hemisphere, to investigate its claim that weak environmental laws essentially sanction pollution in Mossville, Louisiana. It said, for example, that the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that Mossville residents have dioxin levels in their blood at three times the U.S. average.

“Town Seeks Right to Clean Environment.” Indoor Environment Quality Strategies. Vol. 18, No. 5 (May 2005), pp. 14-15.
Abstract :Reports on the petition filed by the lawyers from Advocates for Environmental Human Rights on behalf of residents of Mossville, Louisiana, with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States which seeks remedies such as medical services and reform of the existing environmental regulatory system, as of May 2005. Problem with the industrial facilities in Mossville; Findings regarding emissions of human carcinogen vinyl chloride and dioxins; Background of Monique Harden, an lawyer involved in the suit.

Bannister, Nikki. “Black Town Fights For Clean Community.” Crisis. Vol. 112, No. 3 (May/June 2005), p. 8.
Abstract :Reports on the efforts of the Mossville Environmental Action Now (MEAN) to ensure the environmental public safety of residents in Louisiana in 2005. Information on the health problems being experienced by the residents in Mossville due to the toxic pollutants released by several chemical plants in the city; Views of MEAN president Edgar Mouton on the number of people dying in their community; Overview of a petition filed by MEAN with the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the U.S.

“Action Line.” Everyone's Backyard. Vol. 23, No. 3 (Fall 2005), pp. 6-8.
Abstract :The article presents news briefs on environment protection in different states in the United States. The Alaska Community Action on Toxics has succeeded in getting the state legislature to pass by a 17-2 vote a bill that requires public notice when pesticides are applied in parks, public sports fields, government buildings, or common use areas around apartment buildings. The bill also shifts the burden of funding the state's pesticide program from the state's general fund to fees paid by chemical companies. Workers at the second worst toxic chemical emitter in Arizona, Asarco Inc.'s Hayden Smelter, are teaming up with environmentalists and community leaders to turn knowledge about the company's poor labor and environmental behavior into action on social, economic and health problems faced by residents and workers. Residents of Mossville, Louisiana secured a major victory recently when a federal court threw out the United States Environmental Protection Agency's woefully inadequate emissions standard for polyvinyl chloride facilities.

“Dumping on our Communities.” Essence. Vol. 38, No. 3 (July 2007), pp. 150-151.
Abstract :The article features the African American communities in the U.S. where toxic wastes are being dumped. The rural community of Mossville, Louisiana, is home to 300 residents and 17 major industrial facilities, many of which have admitted to releasing millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air and water. A chemical plant in the mostly African-American neighborhood of Sweet Valley Cobb Town, in Anniston, Alabama, has released noxious chemicals into the air, lakes, rivers and soil.

Appel, Adrianne. “Tiny Town Demands Justice In Dioxin Poisoning.” Rachel's Democracy & Health News. Issue 918 (August 2, 2007), p. 3.
Abstract :The article reveals that people in Mossville, Louisiana are being exposed to unusually high levels of dioxin compounds coming from factories in the area. Residents want an end to the pollution and want to be moved away from the factories but there is no visible action coming from the government. In 2005, a local Mossville environmental group filed a petition against the U.S. government on the grounds that Mossville's environmental human rights are being violated.

Schade, Mike. “Landmark Victory!” Everyone's Backyard. Vol. 25, No. 4 (Winter 2007), pp. 3-4.
Abstract :The article focuses on the first-hand account of the author on the campaign in phasing out the poison plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in the U.S. He said that the success was attained because of the help of grassroots health and environmental organizations. He added that the campaign was launched as part of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice's (CHEJ) national prevent harm strategy to avoid using toxic chemicals because they can affect the health of individuals and the environment. The author said that Mossville, Louisiana is surrounded by a toxic cluster of four vinyl production facilities.

Verespej, Mike. “EPA sued over emissions rules.” Plastics News. Vol. 20, No. 34 (October 27, 2008), pp. 3-4.
Abstract :The article reports that three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue standards regulating all hazardous air emissions from polyvinyl chloride manufacturing plants. The lawsuit was filed on October 22, 2008 in District Court for the District of Columbia by nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice. The company is acting on behalf of the Sierra Club and Louisiana community action groups in Mossville and Baton Rouge.

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Manuscript Collections and Government Documents

The Calcasieu Estuary Environmental Task Force Collection is a complete depository of documents produced by the task force for public use.  For a list of documents in the collection:
-Go to the Library homepage (
-Type "calcasieu estuary" in the search box at the top right
Please contact the Government Information Department for more information.

The Dr. C. W. Fogleman collection,1960-1983.  Includes community studies of Louisiana towns written by students of Dr. Fogleman. Guide to the collection available at: .

Location: Special Collections
Web links

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has many documents about Mossville. Search for "Mossville" to retrieve the documents. See also the EPA's Region 6 Superfund site here which includes Calcasieu Parish.

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