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Environmental Justice – TVA Coal Ash Spill is getting national attention… FINALLY

Posted by Gexx on July 11, 2009

A few days before Christmas, a retaining wall at a TVA coal ash containment site collapsed and dumped 1,100,000,000 (that is in the BILLIONS!) of gallons of coal ash into the Tennessee River (that’s 100x the number of gallons of oil in the Exxon Valdeze spill). This huge mass of coal ash flooded nearby houses with coal ash sludge.

The original disaster was covered by national news services. The aftermath on the families, however, has not been. Families cannot afford to move out of the contaminated environment. This is playing out as many environmental justice issues do – the economically limited citizens are told by the rich corporations, companies, and agencies responsible for the disaster that nothing is wrong, when the coal ash, containing murcury and selenium has permeated the waterways and the air. Local residents are facing a large increase of illness. Because of new (more lax) air quality standards, the local air quality is “acceptable.”

National news services are now picking up the Environmental (in)Justice because Erin Brockovich is stepping in.



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