Perry Countyby N'Jeri Eaton, Matt Durning
A true story of legacy, waste and environmental injustice in one small Alabama community, where another state's toxic trash has become one politician’s treasure.Watch Trailer
Perry County is an award winning, half-hour film documenting the controversial decision to dump millions of tons of spilled coal ash waste from the 2008 disaster in Kingston, Tennessee, at a landfill in one rural, predominately black community in central Alabama. The short-term benefits of the coal ash are clear: more than $4 million dollars in dumping fees and 80 new temporary jobs in a region desperate for industry. But the looming long-term health and environmental risks, dismissed by entrenched local politicians, have raised a chorus of concern among residents who question the true cost of this so-called progress.
It is a tribute to Eaton, from Maryland, and Durning, from Massachusetts, both who now live in the Bay Area, that they could come to the heart of the Black Belt and get it right.
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