18 Apr '13, 11pm

Tribal Activist's Clean-Energy Quest

Tribal Activist's Clean-Energy Quest

© Photo Coutesy of Chris Jordans-Bloch / Earthjustice.org Vickie Simmons of the Moapa Band of Paiutes in southern Nevada has known more than her fair share of loss. Her brother died, far too young, after working for years at the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant, which sits immediately adjacent to the Moapa Paiute reservation. Several of her best friends on the reservation have also died too young, mostly from cancer or respiratory ailments, and many others, including her son, are sick. And Vickie knows the cause—toxic pollution from the Reid Gardner plant , which she has been working for years to clean up or shut down. "I've seen so many people in my tribe suffer from debilitating respiratory ailments like asthma and sudden nose-bleeds from living and working near the plant," she says. "All of us have family members who've gotten sick or died. People's bodies aren't hol...

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