On December 22nd, in the largest coal ash disaster in American history, a massive disaster at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant flooded more than 400 acres in Roane County, Tennessee, with one billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge. Coal ash commonly contains pollutants such as arsenic, which causes cancer, and heavy metals that can contaminate water supplies in downstream communities.
Local residents are understandably worried about the possibility of drinking contaminated water, as well as other health risks from polluted air and soil in their neighborhoods. But many of these families, who are already dealing with disrupted lives and damaged property, cannot afford the medical tests necessary to determine if they have been exposed to toxics in the coal ash. United Mountain Defense (UMD) and other groups are urging the TVA to cover all costs associated with medical testing and health care for the victims of this disaster, something the TVA has not yet volunteered to do.
United Mountain Defense has facilitated the set up an independent medical toxicity testing facility in the impacted community. UMD has already fundraised $15,000 to get 30 individuals testing for heavy metals and will continue efforts to make this opportunity available to more families.
How you can Help
Make donations to United Mountain Defense by visiting the website at www.unitedmountaindefense.org. Please make donations thought the PayPal or check and mark donations “for toxicity testing”.
Send a message urging the TVA to make funds promptly available so that residents in the affected area can get independent, third-party medical testing and health services free of charge.
For more information please visit www.unitedmountaindefense.org or call 865-689-2778.