11 Aug '12, 12pm

Local residents near infamous Little Blue Run coal ash dump in West Va. score big wins for clean water

Local residents near infamous Little Blue Run coal ash dump in West Va. score big wins for clean water

Imagine you were facing a life-threatening illness, and your doctor told you this: “You need to move, or you will never survive this stuff.” That is exactly what happened to West Virginia resident Debbie Havens, who lives near the infamous Little Blue Run coal ash dump . But Debbie didn’t move, and after fighting pollution from the site for decades, she and her neighbors recently got some unbelievable news — FirstEnergy, the utility that operates the site, is going to shut it down. That is just one of the many inspiring successes that made headlines in recent weeks, and they all have one thing in common — they all happened due to the courage, persistence, and determination of committed volunteers and local residents. From West Virginia, to Pennsylvania, to Illinois, we’ve seen pivotal victories recently in our fight for clean water and healthy families. Good news for West ...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/drink-it-in-local-residen...

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