Stand Up for Sulphur Springs

A few weeks ago, we at the Texas Sierra Club received a phone call and an email from Linda Tucker, a resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

She told us that she wanted to do something about the Monticello lignite mine near her home- so close, in fact, that she can see the conveyer belt from her house. She told us that she wants to do something about the Monticello coal plant, less than an hour from her home. She told us that she has a rare form of non-smokers’ lung cancer, and that she has little doubt it’s because of the damage caused by mining lignite and burning coal.

The TCEQ’s response consisted of sending over a representative who tried to blame the toxic dust on the roofing construction happening nearby. Linda says, “My husband took care of that.  He show them the pink dust on the windowsill, etc.  They said the amount they saw was an acceptable limit.  My husband said, “Do you know what lignite is?  Lignite is full of known carcinogens!  There are no safe levels of lignite, and no safe levels of mercury!”

Par for the course for the TCEQ.


Linda and Joseph Tucker

So, we’ve responded. On Thursday, March 31st, between 6:30-800PM we’re convening a volunteer meeting in Sulphur Springs to talk about what can be done, and we’re bringing Dr. Neil Carman, our resident air expert, Donna Hoffman, our communications coordinator, and our Beyond Coal organizer, Flavia de la Fuente (that’s me, folks.)


Toxic Dust from the Lignite Mine

Not only that, we’ll have the opportunity to take hair samples to test for mercury contamination.

If you or somebody you know lives in the area, come join us, and let’s make a difference for Linda Tucker and East Texas.

To RSVP, and to learn more about the Stop Polluters campaign and our efforts to ensure that the public is protected from the toxic effects of mercury, email Flavia at

-Flavia de la Fuente, Conservation Organizer, Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

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