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Family Traces Tainted Water To Racial Discrimination

A case of potentially toxic drinking water in Dickson County caught the attention of Erin Brockovich and the late attorney Johnny Cochran six years ago.

Tuesday, a member of the family who fought so hard in the case died. Harry Holt lost his lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 66.

Only NewsChannel 5 was invited into the Holt family home to talk about the on-going case.

His family said the suspected case of toxic water went unnoticed so long because of racial discrimination.

The Holt family has been talking for years about their issues with few results. Now their case is being bolstered by Robert Bullard, an Atlanta PHD well studied on the carcinogen TCE, or Trichloroethylene.

Bullard said he has a rock solid case to sue, including hundreds of pages of documentation that prove that the Holt family was never warned about their water while other Caucasian families were.

"This black family was treated very differently than white families, whose wells and springs were found to be contaminated," Bullard said.

The source of the tainted water, the family claims, is a still operational county landfill that dates back 40 years.

The Holts could win their lawsuit, or they could lose. For now, the case is stagnant.

Historically city and county leaders have been reluctant to talk about the Holt lawsuit. The county attorney did not return a phone call from NewsChannel 5, and reportedly denied CNN an interview.

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