First it was election rigging. Then it was undermining environmental laws. Now the Koch brothers stand accused of corporate practices that cause cancer.
The Koch Brothers Exposed campaign and local Arkansas resident David Bouie have asked Charles and David Koch to take a trip down to West Crossett, Arkansas for the air. Not fresh, country air, put air rank with a rotten odor that corrodes metal, and, as local doctors believe, causes cancer.
It’s part of a campaign to get the Koch-owned Georgia-Pacific paper mill to relocate the surrounding community. Most of the residents are poor and can’t afford to relocate themselves. Residents refuse to go outside. Doctors have given a name to the persistent cough and sore throat citizens feel–the Crossett Crud.
Take a close look at West Crossett, Arkansas. This is the America the Koch brothers and their Republican bidders push for. It’s a world of little industry regulation and no safety net for those who dedicated their lives to their local business–25 years in the case of Bouie’s family. To show for it they are prisoners in their own home, too poor to leave and too scared to stay.
And if the Republicans have their way, a whole lot more of our country will look like West Crossett.
Photo from dylan passmore via flickr.
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