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8108: The Ash Barge Odyssey--A Classic Case of Environmental Racism (fwd)
MICHAEL THOMAS PRODUCTIONS
Producers of environmental justice documentary video
"The Ash Barge Odyssey"
Our film covers the 15-year saga of 14,000 tons of toxic incinerated ash
that left Philadelphia in 1986 on the cargo vessel Khian Sea and circled the
Caribbean Sea for the next 16-18 months in search of a dumping place.
On New Year's Eve 1987, the ship arrived in Gonaives, Haiti, a small impoverished
port town on the country's west coast and illegally dumped 4000 tons of the ash,
described as fertilizer, on the beach. The toxic ash remained in Haiti for the next
years until efforts by Greenpeace and various environmental activist groups arranged
to have it brought back to the U.S.
The ash was removed from Haiti on Earth Day 2000 and is currently being held in a
hopper barge on the St. Lucie Canal in Stuart, Florida, awaiting plans for a final
Meanwhile, the people of Haiti are still plagued with the destructive effects of
See Update with images:
Read about how Philadelphia dumps on the poor:
Read "Ashes To Ashes-Dust To Dust"
Cover story in Philadelphia Weekly on the ash in Haiti
The Ash barge Odyssey will air on PBS TV Stations in states including PA, NJ, FL,
MA, NY, OH, VA, NC, SC, LA, MD, WV.
Michael Thomas Productions: http://www.michaelthomasprod.com/