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Small houses next to a Shell oil refinery in Norco, Louisiana. The refienry is located in the stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans along the river that is part of a large concentration of chemical and oil companies formerly referred to as the "Petrochemical Corridor," but now known as "Cancer Alley." Many cases of cancer have occurred in communities on both sides of the river though the Louisiana Tumor Registry claims the numbers are not higher then the national average. The record high levels of the Mississippi River in the spring of 2011 brought on by what some scientists classify as climate change, threaten the environment with the potential flooding of industrial complexes and nuclear facilities along the river.
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Cancer Alley Louisiana
Small houses next to a Shell oil refinery in Norco, Louisiana. The refienry is located in the stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans along the river that is part of a large concentration of chemical and oil companies  formerly referred to as the "Petrochemical Corridor," but now  known as "Cancer Alley."  Many cases of cancer have occurred  in communities on both sides of the river though the Louisiana Tumor Registry claims the numbers are not higher then the national average. The record high levels of the Mississippi River in the spring of 2011 brought on by what some scientists classify as climate change,  threaten the environment with the potential flooding of industrial complexes and nuclear facilities along the river.