By Carma Henry
Uniontown, Alabama residents denounce EPA for closing Civil Rights investigations
EPA Closes Alabama Civil Rights Complaints Alleging Discrimination and Harassment
March 5, 2018. Residents of Uniontown, Alabama today condemned the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close two civil rights complaints filed against the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). The complaints allege that ADEM racially discriminated by permitting a massive landfill in an overwhelmingly Black community, and further failed to protect Uniontown residents from unlawful intimidation in the wake of their initial civil rights claim.
Uniontown gained national notoriety in 2009 when four million tons of coal ash was shipped to the small Alabama community after the substance breached an impoundment and flooded the predominantly white, middle-class town of Kingston, Tennessee. Union-town, by contrast, is more than 90 percent Black. The mountain of coal ash deposited at the local Arrowhead Landfill now towers over the surrounding neighborhood, including an immediately adjacent historic Black cemetery. Uniontown residents cite the Landfill as the source of noxious odors, noise pollution, rampant pest infestations, and anxiety about health issues. “I’ve heard innumerable stories from community members who feel that their lives, health, and property values have been turned upside down,” said Mary Leila Schaeffer, …read more
Source:: The Westside Gazette