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August 28 Public Hearing on Shepherd Bend Mine, a Threat to 200,000 Alabamians’ Drinking Water

In response to numerous requests from a broad range of stakeholders, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 28 at 6 pm regarding the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, a threat to drinking water for 200,000 people in the greater Birmingham area.  The hearing will be at the Tom Bevill Building Exhibit Hall, Building 1400, Bevill State Community College Sumiton Campus, 101 State Street, Sumiton, AL 35148.  Those at the hearing may comment on the draft Clean Water Act permit for water pollution discharges from the mine into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River.  ADEM will also accept written comments about the mine at the August 28 hearing or by mail before 5 pm on August 29.  Send comments to Russell A. Kelly, Chief | Permits and Services Division | ADEM | P. O. Box 30130-1463 | Montgomery, AL 36110-2059 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Settlement with Dothan, Ala., Resolves City’s Clean Water Act Violations

The City of Dothan will pay a $264,000 civil penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) under a settlement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the State of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). The violations included unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and other permit violations. To come into compliance with the CWA, Dothan previously agreed to undertake improvements to its wastewater treatment and collection system as part of a separate EPA administrative enforcement action.

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U.S. Department of Energy Signs $1.05 Million Cooperative Agreement With Southern Research Institute To Develop Advanced High-Temperature Solar Thermal Storage System

Southern Research Institute announced that it has signed a jointly funded cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the DOE's new Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS) funding program, part of the SunShot Initiative.  CSP: ELEMENTS supports the development of high-temperature thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that enable concentrating solar power plants to produce electricity in the evenings and even overnight when the sun is no longer shining.

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SweetWater and Black Warrior Riverkeeper Renew “Save Our Water” Program in Tuscaloosa

Brewery’s annual campaign raises thousands for Waterkeeper Alliance groups across the Southeast

In over 20 Tuscaloosa businesses between July 4 and Labor Day, SweetWater Brewing Company will raise money and awareness for Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. SweetWater realizes the importance of protecting the South’s vital water sources.  The Atlanta-based brewery has again teamed up with the Waterkeeper Alliance – a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect worldwide waterways – for their Save Our Water campaign, supporting the conservation of the Southeast’s most threatened rivers, streams and coastlines.

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