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.
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.
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.”
The Southern Environmental Law Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper have partnered to donate to the Birmingham Public Library System (BPL) dozens of Southern Exposure DVDs educating the public about Alabama’s natural resources.
Southern Environmental Law Center has donated 57 DVDs – 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of each Southern Exposure film, said Charles Scribner, executive director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. That is enough for each of the BPL’s 19 locations to have a free copy of each edition available for checkout to the public. The public can get more background on the DVD at the Southern Exposure website: www.southernexposurefilms.org.