Monday, March 9, 2009

Arrested TVA Spill Activist Out of the Can and Other Coal Ash Atrocities

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:45 PM

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The wide-eyed United Mountain Defense volunteer who was arrested last week for driving through a TVA police checkpoint while taking an elderly woman home was released on $3,000 bond this weekend--an amount reflecting his apparent danger to society.

As it turns out, the arrest of this Good, if not naive, Samaritan was not the most outrageous act in TVA's long string of atrocities. Here's a little taste (careful not to choke on the coal ash):

Matt Landon was driving an elderly woman named Eva Hewitt home, who spoke that evening before a community question and answer session in Kingston. Hewitt lives on Swan Pond Road, one of the most heavily affected areas of the TVA ash spill. Q & A session might be a bit generous, since all the comments had to be written then approved by Mayor Troy Beets--the same TVA sycophant who drank tap water at a press conference right after the spill and declared it safe.

Since the spill, Hewitt has developed a nasty cough, skin rashes and headaches--this last symptom is not unusual with exposure to arsenic. She needs to go to a lung doctor, but has been told by several that she should see a TVA lung doctor first. Here's the catch: If she does see a TVA-paid doctor, she must sign a contract promising not to sue.

On the way to Hewitt's home, Landon passed a checkpoint without any visible TVA police. They followed and arrested him shortly after. He was taken before a magistrate and charged with trespassing (on a public road). Landon was transferred due to overcrowding and spent the next couple of days in the county jail in Cleveland, Tenn. Before local law enforcement released this menace to society Saturday, he was transferred back to Roane County. United Mountain Defense raised the cash for his bond. Here's his account in his own words.

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