Outdated infrastructure, incomplete reporting, and lax environmental regulations make the extent of spills and leaks difficult to assess.
Hundreds of workers fell ill after cleaning up the nation’s largest industrial disaster without proper protective gear. At least 51 have died. Twelve years later, they’re still waiting for financial or medical help.
Lawmakers and the state’s largest utility have no plan for coal ash excavation at a power plant near Mobile.
Southern states and utilities are finally starting to reach agreements to clean up coal ash sites — but experts say the TVA lags far behind.
With little research available about historic pollution’s effects on health outcomes, families are left with fragmented data points and unexplained diagnoses.