"The TVA Is Dumping A Mountain Of Coal Ash In Black South Memphis"

"A convoy is trucking the contaminant through a community already burdened with pollution to dump it in a landfill".

"MEMPHIS — It’s rare for a Black community to notch a win against a large industrial polluter, but that’s what happened on this city’s south side.

Residents stood up to a proposal by two oil and gas industry giants to build a pipeline under their properties and forced them to back down. When the news broke last year in July, the rejoicing began.

But it didn’t last long.

Just two weeks after Valero Energy Corp. and Plains All-American abandoned their pipeline bid, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced its plan to truck millions of tons of contaminated coal ash through south Memphis for nearly 10 years and dump it in a landfill there. And there was nothing residents could do to stop it.

What happened in south Memphis is another example of how industries constantly work to fight their way into communities of color already teeming with pollution — and get their way more often than not."

Darryl Fears reports for the Washington Post August 19, 2022.

Source: Washington Post, 08/23/2022