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(500 posts)
Sat Jul 22, 2017, 10:54 AM Jul 2017

Kingston coal ash spill workers treated as 'expendables

It was the nation’s 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 weren’t 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.”


Kingston coal ash spill workers treated as 'expendables (Original Post) airmid Jul 2017 OP
Very sad...k and r Stuart G Jul 2017 #1
protective gear implies liability KT2000 Jul 2017 #2


(20,477 posts)
2. protective gear implies liability
Sat Jul 22, 2017, 11:27 AM
Jul 2017

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.

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