Kingston coal ash spill workers treated as 'expendables
It was the nations largest coal ash spill, and it would bring a stampede of government supervisors, environmental advocates, lawyers, journalists, politicians and contractors to Kingston, Tenn.
But not one of them asked why the hundreds of blue-collar laborers cleaning up the mess werent wearing even basic dust masks.
Or why their safety gear consisted of nothing more than short-sleeved T-shirts, jeans, work boots and vinyl reflective vests.
Now, nearly a decade later, at least 17 of those workers are dead, dozens more are dying, and the conditions under which they worked are being blamed.
I call them the expendables, said Janie Clark, wife of a worker in failing health. These men were treated like collateral damage, and they fell between the cracks in this toxic place.
so companies do not want their workers to wear any. Government listens to the company. Workers are truly considered expendables. This happens so often it is a disgrace. I hope these workers win their case because it may change the way cleanups are done.
We have a Superfund site (dioxin, mercury etc). The state put up Keep out/health hazard signs and the local politicians forced them to take the signs down because it makes the town look bad.