Eagle Solar & Light of Birmingham, Alabama announces its latest solar installation at The Altamont School, 4801 Altamont Road South, Birmingham, Alabama. Construction began February 6th, on the 14.7 kW ground mounted Solar System, and was completed last week with the final electrical interconnect to the 3 Phase, 208V utility service.
City of Uniontown and Sentell Engineering Announce the Next Public Hearing on Uniontown’s Failing Sewage System as “Listening Session” Only
‘“Listening Session” Only’ Makes Citizens even more Concerned about Future of Sewage Plant
On Thursday, February 23rd at 5 PM, the City of Uniontown, Al and Sentell Engineering will hold its next meeting promised to residents at their December 5th public hearing. This hearing has been described by City Officials as a “listening session” where the staff from Sentell Engineering will only answer questions that one pre-submits by email by February 21st.
A federal judge has denied motions to dismiss ﬁled by 3M Company, BFI Waste Systems of Alabama, and the city of Decatur, Alabama regarding pollution from PFOS (Perﬂuorooctanesulfonic acid) and PFOA (Perﬂuorooctanoic acid) in the Wheeler Reservoir of the Tennessee River. Tennessee Riverkeeper’s lawsuit alleges the defendants have been discharging hazardous and solid waste containing chemicals that do not break down easily and that are linked to cancer into the Tennessee River. The pollution is located around Decatur, Alabama, near one of 3M’s largest chemical manufacturing plants. The court denied all three motions and allowed Tennessee Riverkeeper’s case to proceed. Any issues not decided must wait until the summary judgment phase of the litigation. The parties have until February 24, 2017 to meet to schedule further proceedings.
ACLU Represents Residents of Low-Income, Majority Black Alabama Town in Settlement Victory
The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that a settlement agreement has been approved by the federal court in a defamation lawsuit filed by a waste company against four community activists who voiced opposition to a coal ash landfill in their small town.
Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Southern Environmental Law Center donate "Southern Exposure" DVDs to 21 libraries in Jefferson County
Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Black Warrior Riverkeeper have partnered to donate 2015 and 2016 "Southern Exposure" DVDs to the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. "Southern Exposure" is a series of documentary shorts on various Alabama environmental topics by independent filmmakers.
Alabama’s eight Waterkeeper Alliance member organizations submitted a letter to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Environmental Protection Agency noting that ADEM recently noticed seven sewage plant permits for public comment that do not comply with new regulations. In December 2016, the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, which oversees ADEM, tightened water quality standards on E. coli bacteria and expanded the length of the recreational season. Those changes, approved unanimously by the Commission, take effect Friday, February 3.