Sen. Franken's escort disputes what happened.
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.
Voting history, Social Security numbers, etc., can we sue? This is the most troubling thing I have heard of late.
there were a lot of call for a kinder approach with less hateful rhetoric. And yet, today, we are watching as a small group of men are in a back room determining how best to screw us while engineering another large transfer of wealth to their and their Sugar Daddies pockets. And they want a less polarized approach. They are going to literally kill people. And do it gleefully, glibly, smiling and laughing at the pain and despair they will visit on the most vulnerable in society. Do they really think anyone is going to be kind when Grandma is thrown onto the street, or someone must stop their child's cancer treatments, or a vet needing counseling is left wanting? I am astounded at their hubris and what appears to be their clear lack of concern about how the populace will react. Personally, almost all my family will be effected. For some, it will be terminal. So screw their kinder approach. I will not to quietly.
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