Environmental Racism: EPA Rejects Alabama Town's Claim On Toxic Landfill

"Agency reports ‘insufficient evidence’ that Civil Rights Act was breached in case of huge landfill near mostly African American town"

"The US Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed a civil rights case brought by residents of a small, overwhelmingly African American town in Alabama who have spent much of the past decade battling a toxic landfill they blame for causing a myriad of physical and mental illnesses.

In a 28-page letter, the EPA said there was “insufficient evidence” that authorities in Alabama had breached the Civil Rights Act by allowing an enormous landfill site containing 4m tons of coal ash to operate near residents in Uniontown. A separate claim that the landfill operator retaliated against disgruntled residents was also turned down.

Uniontown has been framed by advocates as one the most egregious examples of environmental racism in the US, where a largely poor and black population has had a polluting facility foisted upon it with little redress."

Oliver Milman reports for the Guardian March 6, 2018.

Source: Guardian, 03/06/2018