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Environmental Boutique Firm Expands Footprint to Birmingham

The boutique environmental law firm Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL) announced that prominent Alabama attorneys Alan Truitt and Bart Turner have joined KMCL as Partners and have opened the firm's new Birmingham, Alabama office. 

"We are thrilled that Alan and Bart are joining us," said KMCL's Bob Mowrey.  "They are first-rate attorneys with stellar reputations in environmental, toxic tort, and health and safety matters," he added. 

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Victory at nuclear facility in Alabama!

 

TVA abandons Bellefonte nuclear site

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) made a huge announcement last month when they wisely and definitively abandoned their plans to pursue building any new nuclear reactors at their Bellefonte site near Hollywood, Alabama. TVA had proposed having up to four reactors on the site: completing the long-idled, antiquated reactor designs at Units 1 & 2 (which many referred to as the “zombie reactors”) and building two new Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, Units 3 & 4. But that all ended with successive announcements of cancellations by the utility, dealing yet another blow to the never-realized, so-called “nuclear renaissance.”

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Alabama Congressional Delegation Votes Against Health, Safety, & Clean Energy

 

Full Scorecard available here

The League of Conservation Voters' 2015 National Environmental Scorecard reveals the most anti-environmental Congress in our history. The first session of the 114th Congress was a continuation of the attacks on the vital protections of the natural resources that keep our families and communities healthy and safe. The Alabama congressional delegation's scores are being released by Conservation Alabama in partnership with the national League of Conservation Voters. 

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Federal Court Prohibits Use of BP Oil Spill Restoration Funds to Build Beach Hotel

$58.5 million of “natural resource restoration” fund was slated to construct a lodge and conference center in Gulf Shores, AL

Yesterday, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama prohibited Alabama and federal officials from allocating $58.5 million dollars of BP drilling disaster “natural resource restoration” funds to construct a hotel along an Alabama beach.

Holding that the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (“NRDA”) Trustees  clearly violated the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and the Oil Pollution Act (“OPA”) by failing to consider any reasonable restoration alternatives to the hotel project, Senior Judge Charles R. Butler, Jr. prohibited the use of money from the “early restoration funds” provided by BP to partly fund a lodge and conference center in a state park at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Alabama Leader travels to Washington DC to testify on on Environmental Justice: Toxic Materials, Poor Economies, and the Impact on the Environment of Low-Income, Minority Communities

Esther Calhoun, President of the Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, will travel to Washington DC from Uniontown, Al to share her testimony with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) at their hearing this Friday, Feb. 5.  The USCCR (http://www.usccr.gov) is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters.  The USCCR’s briefing on environmental justice will examine the EPA’s work under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order (E.O.) 12898, with a focus on the civil rights implications of the placement of coal ash disposal facilities near minority and low income communities.  Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains after coal is burned in power plants.  EPA has found that communities of color and low-income communities suffer greater risk from coal ash pollution than the general population.

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