In St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, EPA's original plan to burn asbestos containing material at the Paris Road Landfill was changed after residents received help from Public Justice and Tulane University's Environmental Law Clinic. EPA changed the test burn to include only none asbestos containing materials and vegetative debris.
However, the questionable asbestos removal and demolition method continued with little safeguards for public health. The hurricane damaged houses and buildings were simply sprayed with water from the nearby fire hydrants in an attempt to suppress asbestos release and contamination. Workers did not always wear protective gear and although the individual home lot was taped-off, residents were never notified. Even school bus stops remained the same, allowing children to walk past active demolition sites. There was other asbestos trouble at makeshift storage sites often located within residential-zoned districts. Even the asbestos flooring glue residue on the concrete slabs was "sealed" with a red, pinkish paint. Later slab removal and recycling occurred at newly permitted sites in close proximity of neighborhoods.