Sue Sturgis

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Chronic Exposure

by Sue Sturgis | Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:48 CST
Along the Gulf Coast, the oil industry's harm to communities' health goes far beyond BP disaster.

Poisoned in the Gulf

A year after the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, a growing number of cleanup workers and coastal residents are reporting debilitating health problems associated with exposure to toxic chemicals in crude oil and dispersants. Faced with inaction … Read More


Life and Death on Big Oil’s Fence Line

From Facing South, where this article was first published. The environmental destruction caused by Louisiana’s oil industry did not begin with the BP disaster, and a visit to the town of Norco 25 miles west of New Orleans powerfully illustrates … Read More


Will the Tea Party Go Nuclear?

From Facing South, where this story was first published. Among the special interests that see the outcome of the mid-term elections as a win for themselves is the U.S. nuclear power industry. NRG Energy, the New Jersey-based power company that’s … Read More

Criminal Justice

Debtors’ Prisons Rise Again In the South

From Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies. The Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union released reports this week documenting the growing problem of criminal justice debt and the considerable costs it’s … Read More

Criminal Justice

INSTITUTE INDEX: USDA’s real racism problem

From Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies. Controversy erupted this week after Shirley Sherrod — a black U.S. Department of Agriculture official in Georgia — was fired after conservative pundits circulated an edited video of … Read More


Gulf Coast Nuclear Plants at Risk From BP Oil Spill

Watchdog groups are warning about the BP oil spill’s potential damage to Gulf and Atlantic coast nuclear power plants that use seawater to cool pumps and other safety equipment. Earlier this month, representatives of the nuclear watchdog groups Beyond Nuclear, … Read More


Coal’s Dirty Secret

Coal ash is one of the country's biggest waste streams and is full of toxic substances, yet it remains virtually unregulated. Can Washington overcome the fierce opposition of energy interests to protect communities and the environment?

When a billion gallons of coal ash broke loose from a holding pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston power plant near Harriman, Tenn. in December 2008, registered nurse Penny Dodson was living nearby with her 18-month-old grandson, Evyn. Like … Read More