Last night, around 100 people attended the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) public hearing in Sumiton regarding a water pollution permit for Drummond Company’s proposed Shepherd Bend Mine. Attendees overwhelmingly opposed the strip mine permit, which would allow 29 pollution discharges into the Mulberry Fork daily drinking water source for 200,000 people in greater Birmingham. Only one person spoke in favor of the mine.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will host a public meeting for the general public on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Vincent Middle High School auditorium in Vincent, AL from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to discuss the proposed cleanup plan for the Alabama Plating Superfund Site.
Representing all 99 of the city’s neighborhood associations, Birmingham’s Citizens Advisory Board unanimously passed a Resolution tonight urging The University of Alabama System Trustees (UA) to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting a major drinking water supply for the greater Birmingham area.
Summer is a great time to remind everyone about the importance of keeping our rivers clean. Not only do countless citizens paddle, fish and swim in area waters but these streams also provide the water we use for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Freestyle Kayaking - Team USA Member Bennett Smith therefore decided to create a 30 second PSA video to raise awareness for Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s water protection efforts.
EPA Convenes Inter-Agency Working Group on Environmental Justice to Address Concerns in North Birmingham Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the City of Birmingham will host a Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Environmental Justice, specifically focused on the North Birmingham area, at Vulcan Park in Birmingham AL.
Southeastern Solar Research Center Will Study Performance of Photovoltaic Systems
Southern Research Institute announced the completion of a facility to study solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The facility, the Southeastern Solar Research Center (SSRC), will house numerous research efforts beginning with an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) project focused on solar PV system orientation, tracking and aging.