There's a lot of funerals. Last year we averaged one funeral every two months. That's out of about 200 people who live here. I don't know what it's going to be like here in another 10 or 20 years. There may be very, very few elders. That's just the sad truth.
It's my belief that decades of exposure to that coal ash has turned us into damaged people. It's got to be a contributing factor. Anytime the wind blows this way, we get a direct hit. And we're so close it doesn't have time to dissipate, so it's heavily laden with all these bad things. Mercury. Arsenic. Lead.
As people started discussing it among themselves, it was undeniable that something was going on. There was a lot of lupus, a lot of thyroid problems. Kids were suffering from nosebleeds. Everybody had asthma and allergies. A lot of people with lung problems.
All the suffering going on here, they don't include that in the cost of cheap coal. (Interviewed July 2012)