Parish: East Baton Rouge Parish

Just north of Southern University is University Place, a neighborhood in Scotlandville. The Baton Rouge North Waste Water Treatment plant(NWWTP) expansion and inadequate operation subjects nearby residents to consistent odors and flies. Residents litigated their complaints for over 15 years unsuccessfully, losing their case in the Supreme Court. After documenting extensive sewage discharges into the Mississippi River, a Federal clean water act lawsuit helped to spur the buy out of residents adjacent to the facility. Pressure from EPA and LEAN led the City of Baton Rouge to create a buffer zone around the facility and relocate 44 of the closest households away from the NWWTP and its impacts on their lives. Controlling odors and untreated discharges from waste water treatment facilities continues to be a problem in many communities.

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Scotlandville buy-out area
Scotlandville Land Acquisition area. Photo: Jeffrey Dubinsky
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