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?

In the latest installment of the toxic Coal Ash waste being dumped on the poorest county in Alabama, operators of the landfill can't find a place to dispose of Leachate from the Arrowhead Landfill in Perry County. What should have been a part of the approved permitting process, a properly permitted and operable waste water treatment plant should have been identified to process the waste from the landfill.

Michael Churchman, Executive Director of the Alabama Environmental Council, has been invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.


EPA, ADEM and Arrowhead Landfill Operators held a Public Hearing on Coal Ash Going to Perry County Landfill

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV Superfund Coordinator, the EPA Region IV Environmental Justice Coordinator, ADEM Land Division Chief, and Arrowhead Landfill officials returned to Perry County, Alabama on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 for a public forum at the Uniontown City Hall Auditorium to update residents about coal ash from the Emory River near the TVA spill site being sent to the Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown.