Former Cleanup Workers Blame Illnesses on Toxic Coal Ash Exposures
Date Written: 21/07/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19814
There have been numerous cases of workers getting sick after exposure to ash.
Dozens have surfaced in lawsuits involving the TVA spill. In 2013, 35 workers and 17 spouses sued the primary contractor for the Kingston cleanup, charging that the company knew about the ash's risks but failed to protect them. Workers were sickened by "continuous, unlawful exposure to . . . hazardous substances associated with the toxic ash," according to the complaint, and have suffered ailments such as skin irritations, and neurological, respiratory and pulmonary problems.
Those on this early cleanup had little reason to wonder what those particles contained. No one in authority discussed the ash's hazards at first, workers say. They say they remember Jacobs supervisors playing down the dangers, likening the ash to dirt. A former employee of a subcontractor who took orders from TVA managers backs up these claims.