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Why One Community's Cries for Help Against Cancer and Others Diseases Are Going Unanswered

Residents claim a coal waste dump is poisoning water, polluting air, and causing asthma and cancer among those who live nearby. But no one will help.

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Meanwhile, both Inhofe and Boren do not want to see AES' dumping ground shut down anytime soon.  

"If you are going to an economically depressed area and killing people with this coal combustion waste just to feed the big cities with cheap electricity ... this is not right, this is not social justice," says a concerned and determined Tim Tanskley. "There is nothing right about that process."

Joshua Frank is an environmental journalist and author of "Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush." He is co-editor, with Jeffrey St. Clair, of "Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland." Frank and St. Clair are also the authors of the forthcoming book, "Green Scare: The New War on Environmentalism." He can be reached at brickburner@gmail.com.

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