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
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
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
From Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies. The Obama administration this week issued a new moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after a federal appeals court rejected an earlier version. But … Read More
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 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