Local citizens learn more about the risks of Plant Washington

County Commissioners Horace Daniel and Edward Burton joined approximately 75 citizens for a community meeting at New Light Fellowship Church in Warthen hosted by GreenLaw and the Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) last week. Greenlaw attorneys MaKara Rumley and Ashten Bailey shared information from national organizations like the American Lung Association, NAACP, and census records to help local citizens understand more about how Plant Washington was proposed for our community, the health impacts of coal, and the alternatives to generating electricity by burning coal. Citizens learned that:

  • 71 percent of African-Americans live in counties where air quality standards are violated
  • Almost 68 percent of African-Americans live within 30 miles of a coal plant

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