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Sept. 5 Labor Day “Call to End Toxic Racism” Rally in Dickson, Tennessee

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A 1991 EPA Site Inspection Report completed by Haliburton documents several contaminated waste cleanups (i.e., wastes from on-site industrial dumps, plant contamination, soil containing TCE, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes and petroleum hydrocarbons from underground storage tank cleanups, and wastes from a train derailment) from mostly white areas in Dickson County were trucked to the landfill on Eno Road.

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The Dickson County Landfill is just 54 feet from the Harry Holt homestead. Only a two-lane road separates the landfill from the Holt property line. Yet, no government tests were performed on the Holts' wells between January 1992 and October 8, 2000, an eight year and nine-month gap in government testing, even though government tests were conducted each year on private wells and springs located within a one and two-mile radius of the landfill. Tests were even performed on duck ponds and the Dickson County Humane Society, a dog pound that's located across the street from the Harry Holt property. It appears that various levels of governmentcity, county, state, and federalvalued the drinking water of dogs and ducks more than the health of the hard working Holt family landowners.

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Government tests were finally conducted on the Harry Holt well on October 9, 2000where results registered 120 ppb TCE and a second test on October 25, 2000 registered 145 ppb24 times and 29 times, respectively, higher than the maximum contaminant level (MCL). The Holts were placed on the city water system on October 20, 2000twelve years after the first government test found TCE in their wells in 1988.

In 2003, the Holt family filed a lawsuit against the City of Dickson, County of Dickson, and Scovill, Inc. (Scovill Inc. is the company that owned the former Scovill-Shrader Automotive manufacturing plant in Dickson). The Holt family is sick and some have died of cancer they believe is connected to the TCE in their drinking water. Harry Holt died of cancer in January 2007. His 47 year old daughter, Sheila Holt Orsted, is battling breast cancer. The family is represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF).

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In March 2008, two Holt family members with the assistance of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed another law suit to get the Dickson County Landfill cleaned up under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Both lawsuits are still pending.

African Americans and other people of color, rich and poor, have a right to clean and healthy environments and the benefits of the "green economy" as other Americans. The time for real change is now.

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Robert D. Bullard is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston. His most recent book is entitled "The Wrong Complexion (more...)

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