Archive for January, 2009

Beauty in the Midst of Hell

© Jim Korpi

What should the media document in America?
How many of us right now know that, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, a coal-fired power plant in the hills of Tennessee had a serious miscalculation of how much coal ash they could store on a hillside and released “1.1 billion gallons spilling across the countryside.”
What’s coal ash? According to the Boston Globe, “Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal, contains toxic heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and selenium that can cause cancer and neurological problems.”
That’s one POINT one BILLION gallons of toxic sludge spilled into a major waterway in Harriman, Tennessee.
Our bodies are made up of over 60% water (adult male). We drink it. We breathe it.
The New York Times has people traveling all over the world, but they relied on a photographer from Knoxville to cover one of the largest environmental disasters our country has faced in some time. Why?
We need to start telling the truth in this country even if it’s what we don’t want to hear.