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Erica Peterson's Blog

My series about Rubbertown, Ky., included real people who have lived close by their whole lives... more »
posted 02/04/13
Across the country, power plants spew mercury into the air, but it’s hard to make the case for... more »
posted 07/13/12

Erica Peterson's Work

To document Rubbertown, Ky., residents’ claims of unusually high rates of disease, I needed hard data. Originally, I had planned a health survey of the areas around the industrial plants. When that proved impractical, I enlisted a state health monitoring agency.

What’s the answer for dealing with past, present and potential safety problems in Rubbertown? Kick out the industry? Move the people? Find some middle ground where everyone can coexist? Is it even possible to coexist?

Start your car. See that puff from the tailpipe in your rear-view mirror? Benzene, butadiene, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide. Louisville communities burdened by pollution on the West End also face emissions from local traffic.