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Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West (Haymarket)by Chip Ward
Synopses & Reviews
Raising his family on the edge of the Great Basin Desert in Utah, Ward was caught up in a seven-year quest to find out why people there were getting sick and dying. Ward now presents his firsthand account of the quest and the lessons he learned.
Book News Annotation:
This regional and personal biography begins when the author and his family moved to Grantsville, Utah for purposes of small-town neighborliness and safety. Tales began to circulate about local cases of cancer, birth defects, and respiratory problems, spurring a seven- year search that uncovered a history of ecocide and caused Ward to organize opposition to hazardous waste disposal, chemical weapons incineration, industrial pollution, and nuclear waste storage. Ward manages Utah's public library development program and is an activist in several environmental organizations. Neither index nor notes accompany this less academic addition to Verso's more scholarly Haymarket Series.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"It may be a manifesto, but its humor and informality—in and among hair-raising details—make it an entertaining one."—Boston Globe
About the Author
Chip Ward manages Utah's public library Development Program. He is a co-founder of the West Desert HEAL, Families Against Incinerator Risk, and Citizens Against Chlorine Contamination.
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