Welcome to Bokoshe, Oklahoma

Until recently most of us in Bokoshe went about our daily lives not thinking much about the Thumbs Up Ranch* Fly Ash Disposal site outside of town. We may have complained to each other about the fly ash dust rolling off the trucks as they pass by, the build up of fly ash on our cars or the incessant dust which invades our homes on a regular basis. We accepted it as our lot in life. When AES proposed building an additional power plant twice the size of Shady Point I, our problem with fly ash became a major issue. Building the second power plant would at least double if not triple the amount of fly ash dumped around Bokoshe. The permit for Shady Point II has been withdrawn, but our problem with fly ash remains.
* d.b.a. M.M.H.F., LLC (Making Money Having Fun)
Note: Recently M.M.H.F., LLC changed their name to Clean Hydro Reclamation



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Oklahoma Town Wins Fight Against Fly Ash, For Now


November 1, 2011

NEWS For Immediate Release:

Residents of Bokoshe, Oklahoma Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against global energy giant AES Corporation and the operators of a fly ash dumpsite near their town to seek a court ordered shutdown of the dumping facility.

In the lawsuit filed in Leflore County, Oklahoma District Court Bokoshe residents claim AES has poisoned their town with fly ash produced at the company’s nearby Shady Point power plant and is dumped into an abandoned mine operated by a company known as Making Money Having Fun.

Fly ash, or coal combustion waste, is the result of burning coal and contains neurotoxins and heavy metals such as arsenic, hexavalent chromium, mercury, lead and other elements known to cause cancer, respiratory illnesses and birth defects.

After years of pleading with AES, the dumpsite operators, and various state and federal agencies to stop the dumping, residents filed the lawsuit in Leflore County District Court as a last resort.

“We are like a lot of Americans upset with big corporations, Wall Street and the Government for not responding to the needs of the people. They don’t listen to us,” said Sharon Tanksley, one of growing number of plaintiffs. “We decided if anything is going to be done, we’ll have to do it ourselves.”

Of 30 households adjacent to or near the dumpsite, more than half of those have had cancer. 

Residents also contend that a large number of respiratory illnesses have been caused by the dust that escapes from the dumping of the ash.

Nine of 16 children in one Bokoshe Elementary School class have asthma, five times greater than the national average, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control.

AES has repeatedly made public statements that fly ash is “100 percent safe” but has refused requests by citizens to provide the documentation and scientific proof to substantiate that claim.

In the lawsuit filed by Clark Brewster of the Tulsa law firm, Brewster & De Angelis and Harlan Hentges of Edmond, Bokoshe residents contend that the defendants were facilitating the release of hazardous materials into the community and actively engaged in a campaign of deception to mislead the community into believing that coal ash waste is not harmful and is incapable of causing harm to person or property.

To view a copy of the lawsuit and video interviews with Bokoshe residents, go to; www.intheairwebreathe.com

For additional information, Robert Huston at 479-629-1073


Official Statement regarding Bokoshe lawsuit against AES and MMHF.

This civil action is necessary because we believe global energy giant AES and Making Money Having Fun Having Fun have poisoned Bokoshe. We have begged AES to provide the evidence, of their public claims, that the fly ash they produce and dump on Bokoshe is not making our children and residents sick with cancer and respiratory illnesses. Instead, AES has continually chosen to ignore our requests. We have asked Oklahoma officials to address this problem, and they have failed. The lawsuit is our next step toward our objective which is a healthy environment for our children.

Specifically, we are asking AES and Making Money Having Fun and the other named defendants to do five things.

  • Stop the dumping.
  • Clean up the dumpsite.
  • Pay for fly-ash related illnesses.
  • Pay for any future fly-ash related illnesses. 
  • Pay for damage to property

For additional information, contact Harlan Robert Huston at 479-629-1073.


Bokoshe Residents Speak Out About the Lawsuit



Radiation levels rising.

Slow death is in the air.

Every thing’s mutating but nobody seems to care.

Now our children have to live with the changes that we make.

The whole earth has suffered from the chances that we take.

We say that’s the price of progress and we have no other choice.

Can we make an honest effort? Can see beyond our greed?

B.E. Cause

Bokoshe, Oklahoma 74930


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