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Lori Freshwater’s feature about how radioactive waste could be connected to the high number of cancers in North St. Louis County (“Casualties of War,” Spring 2016) hit close to home. I grew up in St. Louis County, in Bellefontaine, MO. Never in a million years would I have expected this could happen in our city, nor did I realize the severity of the situation. It’s so heartbreaking to learn more about this dangerous issue. Many St. Louis residents remain so in the dark about this matter. Hopefully, as time goes on, more people will become informed and will take extra precautions to protect themselves and their families.

Magen Hill
St. Louis, MO

The Good Fight

The Journal’s article on the legacy of radioactive waste in St. Louis is amazing. I have visited St. Louis, and have heard Mary Oscko, who is profiled in the piece, speak about her cancer and fear of death. The experience of Oscko, and others like her, has totally changed my views on the nuclear industry. My prayers go out to all of North St. Louis County as it continues to deal with this nightmare. Continue the good fight – progress is being made.

Tom Prettyman
Grand Island, NE

We Are All Accountable

I really liked Maureen Nandini Mitra’s Letter from the Editor (“Lest We Forget,” Spring 2016), which touched on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan,

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as well as the unfolding health crisis in St. Louis, Missouri related to WW II-era radioactive waste. Flint is just a stone’s throw away from where I live, and I often think, that could be us. Just recently, we had our own water crisis in my corner of Ohio, near Toledo, when an algae bloom tainted our water supply. In that instance, the farmers blamed the city, and the city blamed the farmers. It was a sad predicament, and made me realize that we must all take accountability during these times of crisis.

Emily West
Genoa, OH

Award-winning journalism

Earth Island Journal received a 2016 Impact Award for “Teflon’s Toxic Legacy,” an in-depth feature that appeared in the magazine’s Winter 2016 issue. The award, presented by The Media Consortium, recognizes articles that have had a significant impact on public awareness about an issue. The judges had this to say about the story: “As editors of long-form narratives, we were all struck by the power of the historical arc included in this stunning account of DuPont’s deception in manufacturing this dangerous product [Teflon], and many of us found ourselves discussing this story in disbelief in the days and weeks after reading it. For us, this is an example of a news story with legs: one that raises critical questions about industry and regulation, makes a sharp impact in its own space, and that will continue to ripple out into the broader media over time.”

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