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Why the EPA dropped civil rights investigation in Louisiana; getting to know LPO’s new director

In the final days of June, the federal Environmental Protection Agency suddenly closed what environmental advocates once hailed as a landmark civil rights investigation into Louisiana’s permitting process for industrial projects. The investigation’s abrupt closure came after months of negotiations between Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality and federal regulators. The year-plus investigation was closed without a resolution – and the EPA didn’t explain why.

The Coastal Desk’s Halle Parker has been following up on the investigation and abrupt closure – and joins us today to talk about what she’s found.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 33rd season with a new music director and conductor on the podium. Indiana native Matthew Kraemer will make his official debut when the LPO’s 2023-24 season begins in mid-September. Kraemer and orchestra executive director Anwar Nasir join us to talk about their vision for the ensemble in this upcoming season.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

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"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.