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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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Green Resource Center for Alabama Releases 2015 Green Progress Report

Annual report shows state sustainability and other green focused progress on the rise

The Green Resource Center for Alabama (GRCA) has announced the release of the state’s 2015 Green Progress Report. The report provides an in-depth look at close to 100 green-related projects and sustainability initiatives that collectively make a lasting impact for the state of Alabama.

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Court Rules in Favor of Birmingham's Flawed Northern Beltline Project

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama issued a ruling late yesterday that responsible agencies met threshold legal requirements for a review of environmental impacts and alternative transportation investments for the Northern Beltline.

“We are deeply disappointed in the decision allowing this project’s first phase to move forward without further review, as the Northern Beltline continues to be a bad investment for the Birmingham region,” said Gil Rogers, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “We stand by our position that these agencies have continuously cut corners for the monetary gain of a few wealthy landowners and corporations to move the project forward without fully analyzing the environmental and economic costs, impacts, or alternatives.”

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