26 Dec '11, 7pm

Environmental racism, a concentration of solid waste facilities and a cancer-laden story:

Nine years ago when I opened a state file with my father's water test results revealing the presence of Trichloroethylene (TCE), a very toxic chemical, I didn’t know I was opening a can of worms. And I certainly had no inkling it would actually contain pythons and anacondas. But today, a version of justice has finally crawled out. I sometimes referred to this case as the "contaminated conspiracy." After a national outcry, the father of the environmental justice movement, Dr. Robert Bullard, referred to the Harry Holt family as “the poster family for environmental racism.” Whatever you call it, the fact is state documents clearly showed the Holt family was treated differently than our white neighbors. When TCE was found in our white neighbors' wells, they were told what they were drinking, removed from their well water and given safe drinking water from the county municipal...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ahuang/if_there_is_no_s...

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