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3M Company’s Motion to Dismiss Riverkeeper Lawsuit Denied in Tennessee River PFC Pollution Case

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.

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Landfill Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Community Activists, Agrees to Environmental Protections

ACLU Represents Residents of Low-Income, Majority Black Alabama Town in Settlement Victory Photo Credit:  ACLUACLU 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.

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Alabama’s Waterkeepers Call on ADEM to Modify 7 Sewage Plant Permits to Comply With New Law

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.

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Southern Research tapped by NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE for global independent validation of carbon dioxide utilization technologies

Tim Hansen and Santosh Gangwal are part of the Southern Research Energy & Environment team who will conduct the independent validation of competing technologies in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and Southern Research's Energy & Environment (E&E) division  announced a partnership to help with the independent validation of competing technologies in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE – a $20 million global competition that incentivizes innovators to transform how the world approaches CO2 mitigation with the development of groundbreaking technologies that convert carbon dioxide emissions into valuable products.

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Southern Environmental Law Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donate 2016 Southern Exposure films to Birmingham Public Library

Keith Johnston, managing attorney of Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham; Sandi Lee, interim director of the Birmingham Public Library; and Charles Scribner, executive director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Photo by Roy Williams.

For the second consecutive year, the Southern Environmental Law Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper have partnered to donate to the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) 19 “Southern Exposure” DVDs educating the public about Alabama’s natural resources.

Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has donated each of BPL’s 19 locations one DVD copy of the 2016 edition of “Southern Exposure,” a series of documentary shorts on various Alabama environmental topics by independent filmmakers. Read more about the films at www.southernexposurefilms.org. A year ago, SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donated 57 DVDs, copies of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of “Southern Exposure.”

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