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EPA head tours embattled communities, says help on the way

1 month ago   |   By My Sanantonio

RESERVE, La. - Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup in dust and, he says, exacerbates his breathing problems.
Coleman, 65, points to the billowing smokestacks just outside his backyard. “Oh, when the plants came in, they built right on top of us," he said. “We was surrounded by sugarcane, and now we're surrounded by plants.”
The oil company offered him a buyout, but Coleman rejected it. “I'm waiting for a fair shake," he...
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