Interview with Steve Swartz, January 12, 2007

Project: Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

This interview with Environmental Law Enforcement Officer Steve Swartz begins with a discussion of when and where he was born. He describes his childhood home, as well as how his family obtained water and disposed of trash. Swartz also talks about how he currently disposes of trash. Swartz then talks about his work with Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) and makes suggestions for a cleaner and safer environment. Next, he goes into greater detail about prosecuting individuals for environmental crimes such as illegal dumping and littering. Then, Swartz discusses the issue of burning illegal trash in Eastern Kentucky. He talks about the importance of raising awareness of environmental issues and describes a program that encourages people to properly dispose of their trash. Swartz discusses the enforcement and prosecution of environmental laws, and how local judges support the enforcement of environmental laws. He also talks about educating older people about environmental laws and the importance of keeping waterways clean. Next, Swartz discusses how he collects evidence of environmental crimes. He ends the interview by talking about a program in Whitley County (Ky.) that recycles tires.

Interview Accession

2008oh051_pride096

Interviewee Name

Steve Swartz

Interviewer Name

Dale W. Johnson

Interview Date

2007-01-12

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Swartz, Steve Interview by Dale W. Johnson. 12 Jan. 2007. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Swartz, S. (2007, January 12). Interview by D. W. Johnson. Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Swartz, Steve, interview by Dale W. Johnson. January 12, 2007, Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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