Who’s Watching Out for Us?

There’s quite a bit that’s appalling about this story and S-Town Mike covers it ably.  But might I point out that people who are afraid that their water may be contaminated from coal sludge are being told to boil their water?!

This would be hilarious if it wasn’t putting people’s health in danger.  Folks, boiling your water kills living organisms.  It doesn’t do anything to protect you from any non-living contaminants in the water; it just makes them hotter.

Is it too much to ask that our state government maybe advocate for us to not be poisoned by the stuff in our state?

Just wondering.

7 thoughts on “Who’s Watching Out for Us?

  1. Yes, it is too much to ask the state to do considering Tennesseans would rather not raise property taxes a penny to keep schools open.

    Tennesseans don’t want to pay more in taxes so the state can protect us from polluters, criminals, pot holes, and disease. In fact, big business loves duping the uneducated throughout the South into believing taxes (like a state income tax) are bankrupting the average Tennessean.

    The fact is, taxes pay for the services that protect us, give us roads, schools that educate us out of poverty, police and fire protection and basic government services.

    The more educated people demand a responsible tax policy, the more the wealthiest 5% spend money conning the poor into believing they will pay more in taxes. And so, we demand lower and lower taxes and get fatter, stupider and covered in sludge pond crap because it’s cheaper to call industrial pond scum “chocolate rain” than to operate in a state that is empowered by the tax payer to protect us.

  2. I just can’t wrap my mind around what it’d be like to find your valley suddenly awash in fly ash sludge.

    I can. Granted, it’s not coal-related (thank goodness), but there are always those two or three weeks in the year where it rains ash all over things. Looks like snow, kinda. The air smells like smoke and irritates everyone’s asthma to the nth degree, and it looks overcast even when it isn’t.

    Ah, the joys of living somewhere that catches on fire once or twice a year.

    Thankfully, we pull in our water from other places, which keeps it out of our drinking water. What’s happening out there is simply inexcusable.

  3. They were saying that the spill is worse than the Exxon spill (however they measure that) and yet I don’t see anything about it on the national news. That bugs.

  4. The NYT has an article with video.
    Does anyone know who is taking donations for those who were devastated?

  5. Advocate is about all the state could do in this case I think. TVA is a Federal agency so I don’t think they’re subject to state law as fully as a corporation is. I’m not sure how much say TDEC has over what TVA does.

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