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A film about the devastating health and environmental effects of a nuclear fuel processing facility on a small Appalachian community.
A film about the devastating health and environmental effects of a nuclear fuel processing facility on a small Appalachian community.
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Acceptable Limits (www.acceptablelimitsthemovie.com), in production since early February 2011, is a documentary feature film about the devastating health and environmental effects that a dilapidated, 54 year old nuclear fuel processing plant has had on a small Appalachian community in East Tennessee.

We need your support now more than ever, as time is running out! Every dollar raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go towards our remaining production expenses. Every dollar raised over our campaign goal of $15,000 will go towards our numerous post-production expenses. Please help us if you can, and spread the word. 

A brief synopsis of our film: Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) has been the main employer in the rural valley town of Erwin, Tennessee for decades. On the edge of the Appalachian Trail, the facility sits on the Nolichucky River. Initially, NFS brought much needed jobs to the area, hiring those with little education at pay rates far exceeding any of the factory jobs in the area. For 54 years the neighborhood factory has accepted weapons grade Plutonium and Uranium from around the world to create fissionable nuclear fuel for our Navy’s fleet of submarines and aircraft carriers.

When tests of the water in the area showed rampant contamination, Michael Abbott Jr., an East Tennessee native, and his best friend Cosmo Pfeil decided to investigate how this pollution could be allowed to happen. They ended up embarking on an exploration of what the word “community” means to citizens of an Appalachian town dealing with the devastating effects of 54 years of nuclear contamination. Through interviews with former employees (some who were there as long as 30 years) now dealing with serious health issues, neighbors of the facility who watch white smoke billow from the stacks in the early hours of the morning and blow towards their homes, it became clear that there was a problem and that people in this town were sick and dying.
A university study, requested by environmentalists, is being conducted to determine uranium levels in the water and soil in the area. An interim report from the ongoing study states that NFS-derived uranium is present in the water and soil samples taken in Erwin and that the “quantities are likely to be very considerable”. The study also states that “The results also demonstrate the entry of groundwater discharges of NFS-derived enriched U into the surface waters, and point to serious questions about the scope/extent of groundwater contamination near the NFS facility.” Further research by the filmmakers revealed that these are not the first violations at NFS. According to a report filed by the Knoxville-Sentinel late last year, the NRC issued an order modifying the company’s special nuclear materials license after the NFS Erwin facility experienced a leak of highly enriched uranium in 2006. In doing so, the commission cited a “deficient safety culture” at the facility. The incident itself led the NRC to issue eight additional citations to NFS. These included the failure to notify the commission of the spill in a timely manner, and failure to meet safety requirements for a critical accident, which could lead to the release of a deadly amount of radiation.

The film explores how NFS manages to continue daily operations, underregulated, processing some of the most dangerous substances known to man, and how the community is finally waking up to the devastating impact the plant has had on their lives.

Hungry for jobs, Americans and their political representatives have allowed giant corporations to set up shop, pollute, and poison their neighbors. This is evident nowhere more than in the Appalachian valley of eastern Tennessee. The profitable giant has for 54 years repeatedly and unapologetically released chemical and radioactive waste into the air, soil and water with no oversight. And the agency assigned the task of overseeing our nuclear fuel producers is dependent on those same corporations for its own operating budget.

Neighbors of this factory in Erwin, Tennessee are dying. Cancer rates are well above the national average. Everyone on Washington Street has lost a son, daughter, mother or father due to radiation-linked cancers. As the film progresses, we see that people are starting to pay attention and some individuals are willing to take a stand. Local activism and concern from environmentalists has led to a class action lawsuit and the involvement of prestigious national law firms. Citizens are beginning to demand to be heard. But will it be enough to save a community?

How Kickstarter works: At the end of our 60 day Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for our project meets our $15,000 goal, then the credit cards of those who pledge are charged and we receive the funds to make our film. If we don't meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are provided. If we exceed our $15,000 goal then the extra funds will be used to make the movie even better and cover post-production costs. Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly in the production of the film. 

Please urge your friends and family to show their support for this very important project. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Phone calls, Texts...there are many ways to spread the word!

(For individuals, organizations, and corporations interested in making a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation through our fiscal sponsors at Arts Engine, which will NOT count towards our Kickstarter goal, please click HERE. )

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    An official, limited edition movie poster signed by the artist and film crew, a signed dvd copy of ACCEPTABLE LIMITS, and a signed copy of Riley Baugus's award-winning album LONG STEEL RAIL.

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    A limited edition signed movie poster, a signed dvd copy of ACCEPTABLE LIMITS, a signed copy of Riley Baugus's award-winning album LONG STEEL RAIL, and a great big THANK YOU on the official film website (www.acceptablelimitsthemovie.com) and on all related social media pages (Facebook & Twitter).

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    A special "THANK YOU" credit IN THE FILM, on the official film website, and on all social media pages (excluding IMDB) . In addition, we would like to invite you to join us "on-set" one day in Erwin, Tennessee for a tour of the area led by the ACCEPTABLE LIMITS film crew (you'll cover your own travel expenses, but we'll take you to lunch!).

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    An 'Associate Producer' credit IN THE FILM, on the official IMDB page, and any social media pages related to the film. You will also receive an invitation (for two) to attend an opening night screening and after-party at a national or international film festival (travel & lodging not included).

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    A 'Co-Executive Producer' credit IN THE FILM, on the film's official IMDB page, social media pages, and any written press related to the film. In addition, you will also receive a three-course gourmet dinner prepared by a professional chef in the privacy of your own home for you and ten of your closest friends. Following dinner, you and your friends will receive a private screening of the film in your home prior to it's official release to the public.

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