Community Bands Together in Court

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152 frustrated citizens banded together in a lawsuit in an effort to halt the assault on their air.  Armed with video taped evidence, photographs and testimony the residents proved that black dust blanketed their town from coal stockpile and preparation plant.<br />
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They won but little has changed--and the company bought a street sweeper for the community.  <br />
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But it was a moral victory to a group of people who saw property values plummet in the black cloud that hung over their town.  None of the 152 people in the town that is mostly retirees had ever been involved in a lawsuit.
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152 frustrated citizens banded together in a lawsuit in an effort to halt the assault on their air. Armed with video taped evidence, photographs and testimony the residents proved that black dust blanketed their town from coal stockpile and preparation plant.

They won but little has changed--and the company bought a street sweeper for the community.

But it was a moral victory to a group of people who saw property values plummet in the black cloud that hung over...
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