Since the days of slavery, Jeremy's family farm was passed down through the generations, and his was one of the few families successful in keeping the land prosperous. The family lived off the land: they ate the vegetables they grew; they raised their farm animals; and they drank the water from their well.
After Gibraltar began operations, Jeremy's family could smell chemicals in their home and in the clothes they hung out to dry, and could taste chemicals in their water. After Jeremy began to have convulsions, they came to believe that their land, animals, and well were all contaminated.
The ancestral farmhouse was two-tenths of a mile from the hazardous-waste facility.
© 1994 Jeremy