For Press, Contact: Mitch Reid, Program Director, Cindy Lowry, Executive Director
Alabama Rivers Alliance
w. 205-322-6395

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?

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