My City Was Gone
Have an unexplained phenomenon, unusual behavior or an unexpected baby boom? You can always declare, “There must be something in the water.” But for the Anniston community, this is not simply an innocuous cliche. Dumping decades ago by the Monsanto corporation has left Anniston with elevated levels of PCBs, a chemical banned since the 70s, but blamed for high rates of cancer and birth defects in the east Alabama town. Public outrage culminated in a legal settlement about 5 years ago which approached $800 million. Journalist Dennis Love followed the case in his book “My City Was Gone.” The Anniston native spoke with WBHM’s Andrew Yeager.