NAACP Hold Rally; Claims Toxic Well Poisoned Black Families

NAACP Hold Rally; Claims Toxic Well Poisoned Black Families

Published September 8, 2009

Nearly 100 people attended an NAACP rally in Dickson to call attention to polluted well water that one family alleges is causing cancer.

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Jimmie Garland, vice president of the NAACP's Middle Tennessee Chapter, says people have been sickened by drinking contaminated water. Garland says since many Black families were affected, it's a sort of "environmental racism."

One of the speakers on Saturday, Sheila Holt-Orsted, says her family's well was contaminated by chemicals from the former Dickson County Landfill. She says she has cancer, and her father died of cancer two years ago.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was invited but did not attend the event.

The Tennessean reports that the state in 2003 found contaminated wells near the landfill.

City and county officials have refused to comment because of pending lawsuits brought by the Holt family and others.

Written by Associated Press

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