Cheshire, Ohio: Toxic Town
While the emissions from the power plant have long been a concern to Cheshire residents, the problem was confounded in the early 2000s when AEP installed new scrubbers at the plant. Those scrubbers lead to an increase in sulfur trioxide, and promoted an increase in air pollution and a blue haze in the town. Following complaints and a lawsuit filed by 82 residents, American Electric settle the suit by agreeing to buy out the residents of Cheshire. The settlement, however, did not include provisions to move nearby school facilities within 600 yards of the plant. The settlement adds Cheshire to the list of toxic towns transformed into ghost towns.
For additional information on American Electric, its campaign contributions, prior suits and settlements, and other related issues see this LINK. For related images of pollution at this facility see Cheshire Pollution.
In this dictionary see:”Toxic Towns” entry