At this writing, oil continues spewing into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate unlike anything ever seen on our continental shores. Without question, it is the worst man-made ecological disaster in our history. While the spill’s final consequences are uncertain, they are sure to be both long term and far reaching. It is highly likely that most of the northern Gulf region’s economy will takes years, if not decades, to recover. And this does not even begin to speak about the peril facing wildlife. It appears that several already endangered species may be pushed to the very edge of extinction.

It is a human right that all Alabamians have a clean and safe environment.  We are mindful that for that to exist, we ALL must do our part.  The AEC attempts to give voice to citizens & groups interested in protecting our rights.  We will focus our efforts toward sustainable living by reducing our impact on global warming; striving for better air quality; and expanding our work in recycling.

Another illustration of the toxic nature of Coal Ash and the negative impacts that go along with it are playing out in multiple locations around Alabama. It's currently about the leachate from the landfill, which is the resulting liquid after rainwater and surface water has percolated through a landfill and is collected at the bottom by the liners. When the landfill was originally permitted, it apparently was planning to take this leachate, which all modern landfills collect, treat, and dispose of, to the Marion Waste Water Treatment Plant. However, that plant has been out of compliance with its permits for sometime. Did the state or federal agencies, ADEM or EPA, think that this massive influx of new material was going to take care of itself? Was this not looked at when they granted these permits and had the chance to make sure to protect public health at all cost?