A Deadly Coal Ash Clean-Up

900 workers spent almost 6 years cleaning up a billion gallons of coal ash that burst from an earthen dike at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. 

It’s North America’s largest industrial spill.

Then the workers started getting sick. At least 50 have died and more than 400 are ill.

The coal ash contains a toxic stew of heavy metals, including cadmium, lead, mercury and selenium, and radioactive materials. 

There are more than 1,400 coal ash sites across the US. 

The workers’ legal case against Jacobs Engineering, which was in charge of the clean-up, has plodded along for 7 years without a settlement. 

The Guardian

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