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Duval Democrats On JEA; Rob Bilott & 'Dark Waters'; Fight For Air Climb

Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News
JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters

The Duval County Democratic Party is calling on State Attorney Melissa Nelson to recuse herself from investigating JEA.

Nelson’s office is looking into controversies around the aborted push to sell the utility. 

Related: JEA Postpones CEO Exit Package Meeting; Dems Call On Nelson To Recuse Herself

Daniel Henry chairs the Duval Democratic Party and joined us for a closer look, also saying his party is  considering asking voters to remove Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry from office. 

Deep Waters

Corporate defense attorney Rob Bilott started out his career at a prominent Cincinnati law firm by defending chemical companies. But all that changed when a West Virginia farmer asked for his help, as hundreds of cows were dying on his property.

Eventually, Bilott switched sides, and spent twenty years taking on DuPont. First, for the pollution to the farm; then, to expose contamination that affected an entire town; and eventually, to hold the chemical industry accountable for dangerous chemicals called PFOA’s.

He joined us to discuss his work, his book, Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont, and the film Dark Waters, which is based on both.

Fight For Air Climb

Credit American Lung Association
Matt Kramer and colleagues at a previous Fight for Air Climb.

Tuesday is National Take the Stairs Day. So, ditch the elevator and get a little exercise on those stairs at your company.

Karen Hughes with the American Lung Association and Firefighter Matt Kramer with the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters joined us with more on that - and the Fight for Air Climb.  

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?