Interview: Taylorville Coal Tar Contamination Three Decades Later

Oct 18, 2018

In the late 1980s, coal tar dust left behind by an abandoned gas plant was exposed in the central Illinois town of Taylorville. Several children were soon diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare form of childhood cancer. Bill Clutter, a private investigator from Springfield, helped a group of mothers take the cases to court.


Clutter talked with reporter Daisy Contreras about his new book “Coal Tar: How Corrupt Politics and Corporate Greed Are Killing America's Children ” – where he tells the story of how the outbreak came to be and how families are grappling with the aftermath three decades later.