13 Jun '12, 10am

Anniston AL- a story of PCBs, diabetes, poverty and people of color. #environmentaljustice #Monsanto #SEJ

Anniston AL- a story of PCBs, diabetes, poverty and people of color. #environmentaljustice #Monsanto #SEJ

The Rev. Thomas Long doesn't have neighbors on Montrose Avenue anymore. Everyone is gone. Widespread chemical contamination from a Monsanto plant was discovered in West Anniston, in Alabama's Appalachian foothills, back in the 1990s. Behind Long’s home a church was fenced off, and men in "moon suits" cleaned the site for weeks. Nearby, boarded windows and sunken porches hang from abandoned shotgun houses. A red "nuisance" sign peeks above the un-mowed lawn of one empty house. But Long stayed; he had lived in the same house for all but one of his 64 years. Now he is stuck. Stuck on a street with no neighbors. Stuck with a property he's convinced is unclean. Stuck with an extraordinary load of chemicals in his body. And stuck with diabetes. As a cleanup of West Anniston stretches into its eighth year, new research has linked PCBs exposure to a high rate of diabetes in this c...

Full article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/poll...

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