Monica Mancuso Interview

Monica Mancuso, an educator in Morgan City became involved in the environmental movement after being appointed to a parish committee and asked to tour the Marine Shale facility. She was disturbed at the way the waste was being handled. Shortly after the tour, she learned that doctors at Ochsners in New Orleans were concerned about the five cases of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma in her parish. Thus, began her ten year involvement that ultimately let to the facility being closed in 1997, and the owner fined $10 million for environmental violations. Monica was one of five women recognized by the EPA for her leadership role in the closure of the facility. Audio interview with Monica Mancuso for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.