Anniston

Arts & Life
10:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Author Interview: Ellen Griffith Spears on Anniston PCB Fight

Ellen Griffith Spears
Credit Andrea Mabry Photography

A new book from an assistant professor at the University of Alabama focuses on pollution problems in Anniston in the mid 1990's. The book titled “Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town” tells the story of the town’s struggle with PCB contamination. Monsanto had been accused of dumping PCBs in the predominantly black community and people were getting sick.  A lawsuit was eventually settled in 2003 with seven hundred million dollars for the plaintiffs and the clean-up.  Author Ellen Griffith Spears began interviews over ten years ago.

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Arts & Life
8:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Book Tells Story of PCB Pollution in Anniston

Ellen Griffith Spears
http://nc.as.ua.edu

A new book tells the story of decades of chemical pollution in the east Alabama city of Anniston.

Written by University of Alabama researcher Ellen Griffith Spears, "Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution and Justice in an All-American Town" traces the history of the toxic chemical in the city.

The book details how the production of the chemical polychlorinated biphenyls led to Anniston being once listed among the most toxic towns in America.

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Politics & Government
1:34 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Transportation Secretary Visits Anniston Bus Plant

Secretary Anthony Foxx
Credit whitehouse.gov

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited a western Alabama bus manufacturing plant as part of a national tour to highlight the importance of infrastructure investments.

AL.com reports Anthony Foxx toured the North American Bus Indus

tries plant in Anniston Wednesday to try drumming up support for a national infrastructure plan President Barack Obama plans to send to Congress.

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