Toxic plume, indifference killing black Florida town

TALLEVAST, Fla — In this deeply rooted village in Southwest Florida, it's not unusual to find generations of the same family living just doors apart. Now these lifelong settlers are bracing for their hamlet to die.

The water in this black community tucked between Bradenton and Sarasota is poisoned with cancer-causing chemicals leaked from an old beryllium plant that anchors the neighborhood of 80 homes.

For more than three years, neither the plant's owner nor Florida state regulators who'd learned of the leak bothered to tell them. In time, they would learn that their century-old village is sitting on a 200-acre toxic plume. Environmental activists say the town is part of a national problem expanding like the foul plume: environmental racism, a pattern in which minority communities frequently become industrial dumping grounds.

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