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Erin Ann Thomas

Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Toxicologist’s Testimony Concerning a Coal-Fired Power Plant

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins Next to testify was Lara Greene, a toxicologist and chemist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was losing her voice and waved away offers of water, claiming it wouldn’t help. She began by stating that Mirant had given her and her colleagues a grant to study the problem. As a scientist employed by a power plant, she chose her words carefully in her testimony: “Anybody who lives in Marina …

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Emylyn’s Memories

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins At this cue from his wife, Emylyn opened his pale, dry lips and began to spin a monologue: “My father worked a seam of twenty-four inches that ran for miles.” In a calm, even cadence and a clear Welsh accent, Emylyn told me about the mines—stories his father must have recited to him that had now been tailored by his own telling. He was a good and steady raconteur, having obviously …

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