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Public Hearing on Uniontown’s Failing Sewage Treatment System

Freetown Creek fouled by sewage overflows on November 20, 2016. Photo by Kimberly Brothers.City of Uniontown and Sentell Engineering Announce Public Hearing on Decades-Old Sewage Disaster

On Monday December 5th at 5 PM, the City of Uniontown, Alabama and Sentell Engineering will hold a public hearing at the Uniontown City Hall auditorium to update residents on plans to address Uniontown’s wastewater treatment system. Following the 5 PM hearing, the City of Uniontown will hold its regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 6 PM.

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Amendment 2 passes, Alabama voters protect state parks

Voters passed Amendment 2, voicing their support for Alabama's state parks and their desire to protect them from further budget crises.

"Tonight, Alabamians made it clear they saw through confusing ballot language and widespread misinterpretations and understood that state parks need to be able to keep the money they earn," said Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. "We know that state parks are vitally important to our communities, and the voters demonstrated that tonight by passing Amendment 2."

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Alabamians Overwhelmingly Support State Parks

In a poll conducted this summer, broad support for Alabama’s state parks was demonstrated by likely voters of all ages, education levels, political preferences, and geographic areas. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said that funding for Alabama’s state parks should either increase or stay the same, and 67 percent say that Alabama does an excellent or good job of managing our parks. Just over a quarter of respondents say they visit state parks at least once a month.

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Alabama's Riverkeepers on Colonial Pipeline Explosion

Alabama Riverkeepers Respond to Latest Colonial Pipeline Disaster in Alabama

Alabama Riverkeepers completed a preliminary investigation of waterways surrounding the site of the latest Colonial pipeline accident near Helena, Alabama. Thanks to the rapid response of first responders, the Cahaba River and its tributaries were protected from gasoline spill impacts. This is the sixth incident in Alabama involving the Colonial pipeline in 2016.

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Alabama Coalfield Citizens Win with Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Lawsuit

Alabama citizens can now challenge decisions by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission without risking financial ruin. Thanks to the settlement of a lawsuit filed by  Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization, citizens no longer risk the imposition of  attorneys’ fees and costs when exercising their rights under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (“SMCRA”).

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Alabama Groups Petition State Commission to Impose Stricter Limits on Toxic Pollutants in Waters

Nine environmental groups have petitioned the Alabama Environmental Management Commission to adopt new or revised limits on toxic pollutants in surface waters.  These limits are intended to protect human health and aquatic life. 

In 1994, the Commission revised existing limits on toxic pollutants for the protection of human health based on a fish consumption study that demonstrated that Alabama anglers consume considerably more fish than most other Americans.  The fish consumption rate accepted by the Commission was 30 g/day – a rate reflective of angler consumption of fish caught from reservoirs and tailwaters below dams. However, the study also indicates that the same anglers consume another 15 g/day of fish caught from rivers and lakes. Furthermore, the study does not account for any estuarine fish and shellfish consumption.

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