Taking On the Industry

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Post By: Molly Hover, Upstream Research™ Marketing Manager

Speaking out against a major corporation is no small feat. Dickie Guice was a former worker at a Koch Industries paper plant in Arkansas, but decided to take action against the company’s toxic emissions. 

A snippet from The New Yorker article on his story: 

“This summer [2016], Guice decided to speak out about the paper mill in Crossett, a working-class town of some fifty-two hundred residents ten miles north of the Louisiana border. The mill is run by the paper giant Georgia-Pacific, which has been owned by Koch Industries since 2005. According to E.P.A. records, it emits more than 1.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals each year, including numerous known carcinogens. Georgia-Pacific says that it has permits to operate the mill as it does, and disputes that it is harming local health and safety. But as far back as the nineteen-nineties, people living near the plant have described noxious odors and corrosive effluents that have forced them to stay indoors, as well as what seems to them unusually high rates of illness and death. Speaking by phone from his home, in Sterlington, Louisiana, Guice pointed the finger directly at the mill’s owners, and described a corporate coverup of air and water pollution that he says is “poisoning” the predominantly African-American community.”

The response? "Company Town," a documentary film about the Koch brother's pollution at Crossett in which Guice gave his testimony about working for the company and spoke out against its practices. Sometimes, it just takes one person to bring down an industry of malpractice and environmental detriment.  

 

Learn more about "Company Town" at their website here or check out the trailer below.