The cancer rates in the industrial coastal portion of Louisiana are off the charts. No prizes for guessing why, but MSNBC‘s report is still kind of shocking:
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — One by one nearly all of Brunetta Sims’ neighbors have disappeared. Some have died of cancer or other mysterious illnesses. Others packed up and moved when the air got too thick or too nasty for their little ones to handle. Many more relocated after being bought out by the bigwigs over at the oil plant next door.
“They’re all gone now. Nobody here but me,” Sims said from her kitchen table in Standard Heights, an African American neighborhood along the fence line of Exxon Mobil’s colossal Baton Rouge plant and refinery, the 11th largest oil complex in the world.
For a long time Sims said she paid little mind to the stench that would often waft into her home from across the fence.