Celebrity advocate arrives at ash spill - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Celebrity advocate arrives at ash spill

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Celebrity environmental advocate Erin Brockovich arrived with a New York City legal team at the scene of a billion-gallon coal sludge disaster in Tennessee, and a class-action lawsuit is sure to follow.

Brockovich, made famous by Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning performance in the 2000 eponymous movie, told a news conference Thursday she came because dozens of community members asked for her help in the wake of the Dec. 22 ash pond breach at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

"And that is what we are going to do," said Robin Greenwald, who heads environmental litigation at Weitz & Luxenberg.

The Kingston City Council has passed a resolution urging residents to wait and give local governments time to work on their behalf. But Brockovich says people want answers and relief now.            

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