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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.


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.


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 A year ago, SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donated 57 DVDs, copies of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of “Southern Exposure.”


Public Hearing on Uniontown’s Failing Sewage Treatment System

Freetown Creek fouled by sewage overflows on November 20, 2016. Photo by Kimberly Brothers.City of Uniontown and Sentell Engineering Announce Public Hearing on Decades-Old Sewage Disaster

On Monday December 5th at 5 PM, the City of Uniontown, Alabama and Sentell Engineering will hold a public hearing at the Uniontown City Hall auditorium to update residents on plans to address Uniontown’s wastewater treatment system. Following the 5 PM hearing, the City of Uniontown will hold its regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 6 PM.


Amendment 2 passes, Alabama voters protect state parks

Voters passed Amendment 2, voicing their support for Alabama's state parks and their desire to protect them from further budget crises.

"Tonight, Alabamians made it clear they saw through confusing ballot language and widespread misinterpretations and understood that state parks need to be able to keep the money they earn," said Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. "We know that state parks are vitally important to our communities, and the voters demonstrated that tonight by passing Amendment 2."


Alabamians Overwhelmingly Support State Parks

In a poll conducted this summer, broad support for Alabama’s state parks was demonstrated by likely voters of all ages, education levels, political preferences, and geographic areas. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said that funding for Alabama’s state parks should either increase or stay the same, and 67 percent say that Alabama does an excellent or good job of managing our parks. Just over a quarter of respondents say they visit state parks at least once a month.


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