On March 8, 2021 we hosted an online community workshop to learn more about the fertilizer industry’s toxic and radioactive waste, phosphogypsum, how it impacts our communities, and what we can do about it.
Hear community members living near radioactive gypstacks in St. James Parish, LA; Pascagoula, MS; Pocatello, ID; and Mulberry, Riverview, and Palmetto, FL. tell their stories.
Shannon Ansley lives in Pocatello, Idaho, where the J.R. Simplot Don Plant phosphogypsum stack is located. She is a member of the Portneuf Resource Council and has over 30 years of experience as an environmental hydrogeologist.
Milton Cayette lives in St. James Parish, Louisiana, where Mosaic Fertilizer’s Uncle Sam phosphogypsum pile is located. He is a founding member of RISE St. James, a non-profit, grassroots, faith-based organization formed to advocate for racial and environmental justice in St. James Parish.
Darryl Malek-Wiley works for the Sierra Club as a Senior Organizing Representative in the Environmental Justice & Community Partnerships program. He has been working with community groups in Louisiana's "Cancer/Death Alley" for the past 38 years.
Louella Phillips is a long-time resident of Mulberry, Florida, where several gyp stacks are located. She lives near the Mosaic Fertilizer New Wales South gypstack, the site of the 2016 sinkhole.
Jennifer Crosslin is a Southern environmental and climate justice organizer and co-president of the Cherokee Concerned Citizens, a fenceline community organized to protect the health and well-being of the Cherokee community’s families and neighbors from exposure to industrial pollution. She is discussing the Mississippi Phosphates Phosphogypsum Stacks, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which are now a Superfund site near the community of Cherokee.
Glenn Compton is Chairman of ManaSota-88, a Florida non-profit organization, created and incorporated in 1968. It's environmental protection efforts, protecting the public's health and preservation of the environment, span more than 50 years. He will be discussing the Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack in Palmetto, Florida.